Islamic State insurgents claimed to have killed a US journalist held captive in Syria, and said the life of another American journalist depended on US action in Iraq, Reuters reported on Tuesday.
The ISIS militants posted a video, titled A Message To America, on social media sites, purportedly showing the beheading of James Foley, who was seized by unidentified gunmen on Nov. 22, 2012. He has reported in the Middle East for five years.
The video includes images of Steven Sotloff, who went missing in northern Syria in July 2013. It was not immediately possible to verify the video’s authenticity, the wire agency said.
The Islamic State had not previously executed American citizens publicly. The video was posted after the United States resumed air strikes in Iraq for the first time since the end of the American occupation in 2011.
The Sunni militant group has declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria that it controls.
In the video, a person identified as James Foley and wearing an orange outfit is seen kneeling in the desert as a man in black dress with a black mask stands beside him, holding a knife.
“I call on my friends family and loved ones to rise up against my real killers, the US government, for what will happen to me is only a result of their complacency and criminality,” the kneeling man says.
The masked man, who speaks in a British accent, says: “This is James Wright Foley, an American citizen, of your country. As a government, you have been at the forefront of the aggression towards the Islamic State.”
“Today your military air force is attacking us daily in Iraq. Your strikes have caused casualties amongst Muslims. You are no longer fighting an insurgency. We are an Islamic army, and a state that has been accepted by a large number of Muslims worldwide.”
Following his statement, he beheads the kneeling man.
At the end of the video, words on the side of the screen say “Steven Joel Sotloff” as another prisoner in an orange jumpsuit is shown on screen.
“The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision,” the masked man says.
Islamic State also released a video on Tuesday that indicated it might attempt to strike American targets, the report said.
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