ISIS had previously released a video showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley. The video had included threats to do the same to Sotloff if the U.S. continued to attack in Iraq. The new video allegedly threatens another journalist, Cawthorne Haines, a British hostage.
SITE has transcribed the alleged video, and according to the site, Sotloff says he is “paying the price” for U.S. intervention in Iraq. Sotloff appears alongside the same masked man who appeared in Foley’s video. The mystery killer allegedly says, “I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State…”
Similar to Foley, Sotloff relays a message that puts down the U.S. He purportedly says:
“I am Steven Joel Sotloff. I’m sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing before you. And now this time for my message:
Obama, your foreign policy of intervention in Iraq was supposed to be for the preservation of American lives and interests, so why is it that I am paying the price of your interference with my life. Am I not an American citizen? You’ve spent billions of U.S. tax payers dollars and we’ve lost thousands of our troops in our previous fighting against the Islamic State, so where is the people’s interest in reigniting this war?
From what little I know about foreign policy, I remember a time you could not win an election without promising to bring our troops back home from Iraq and Afghanistan and to close down Guantanamo. Here you are now, Obama, nearing the end of your term, and having achieving none of the above, and deceivingly marching us the American people in the blazing fire.”
Sotloff disappeared in August 2013.