BEIRUT (CBSNewYork/AP) — Islamic State extremists released a video posted Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue, “our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.”
In the wake of the beheading, and the growing threat from ISIS, President Obama announced Tuesday night that the U.S. is adding 350 more troops to help protect the American Embassy in Baghdad and its support facilities in the capital, raising the number of U.S. forces in the country to over 1,000.
“If the video is genuine, we are sickened by this brutal act taking the life of another innocent American citizen,” said U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
“I ask you to please release my child,” said Shirley Sotloff. “As a mother, I ask your justice to be merciful and not punish my son for matters he has no control over.”