Beheading of journalists won’t intimidate U.S – Obama
President Barack Obama has vowed the United States will not be intimidated, after Islamic State militants released a video showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff.
Obama warned: “Our reach is long and justice will be served.”
Another U.S journalist, James Foley, was similarly killed last month.
Separately, the United Kingdom held a meeting of its emergency Cobra committee after threats to kill a British hostage who was also shown in the latest video, the BBC reports.
Islamic State has seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria in recent months, declaring a new caliphate, or Islamic state, under leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The U.S has launched more than 120 air strikes in the past month to try to help Kurdish forces curb the IS advance.
After the latest video emerged, Obama ordered the deployment of another 350 troops to Baghdad to protect U.S diplomatic facilities.
U.S National Security Council spokesperson, Caitlin Hayden, said America intelligence agents had “analysed the recently released video showing Sotloff and has reached the judgment that it is authentic.”
Speaking in Estonia, Obama said the beheading was a “horrific act of violence and we cannot begin to imagine the agony everyone who loves Steven is feeling right now. Our country grieves with them.”
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