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THE ISLAMIC British executioner who killed US photographer James Foley is believed to have beheaded US journalist Steven Sotloff in a new video released by the Islamic Savages

The video was released early this morning Australian time, showing a masked militant with a strong London accent apparently beheading a second American journalist and threatening to kill a British captive next.

“I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State,” the militant says.

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New horror … a new video released by the Islamic State (IS) and identified by private terrorism monitor SITE Intelligence Group shows a masked militant holding a knife before beheading 31-year-old US freelance writer Steven Sotloff. Picture: AFP PHOTO / SITE INTELLIGENCE GROUP / HO

He then introduces a second captive, identified in a caption by name as a British citizen.

The Islamic State group has terrorised rivals and civilians alike with widely publicised brutality as it seeks to expand a proto-state it has carved out on both sides of the Syrian-Iraq border.

In its rise to prominence over the past year, the extremist group has frequently published graphic photos and gruesome videos of bombings, beheadings and mass killings.

SECOND ‘MESSAGE’

The new video, shot with the same high production values as its predecessor, is entitled: “A second message to America.”

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It opens with a clip of Mr Obama vowing to be “relentless” in his determination to protect US citizens from IS attacks.

Sotloff identifies himself in English and calmly explains that he is paying the price for Mr Obama’s policy. His killer also speaks in English.

Sotloff was kidnapped in northern Syria more than a year ago, on August 4, 2013. His family only publicly revealed his captivity last month, having previously requested a media blackout.

Sotloff, 31, who freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines, appeared in a video released online last month that showed Foley’s beheading. Dressed in an orange jumpsuit against an arid Syrian landscape, Sotloff was threatened in that video with death unless the US stopped air strikes on the group in Iraq.

The previous video was released last month after US President Barack Obama ordered air strikes against the Islamic State.

It showed 40-year-old Foley’s death at the hands of a masked militant who then threatened Sotloff, a Miami-born freelance reporter who has written for Time magazine, Foreign Policy and other outlets.

US officials said they were working to confirm the authenticity of the latest video, and State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Washington would be “sickened” if it proved genuine

FAMILY’S GRIEF

Sotloff’s mother Shirley Sotloff issued a video last week pleading with IS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi to release her son.

She addressed the leader of the Islamic State group by name and said her son was “an innocent journalist” who shouldn’t pay for US government actions in the Middle East over which he has no control.

A family spokesman said the Sotloff family “knows of this horrific tragedy and is grieving privately.”

The family has not yet been told whether the video is authentic, and do not plan to make any additional comments now.

In a statement, Foreign Policy magazine said it was saddened by news of his death and called him a “brave and talented journalist” whose reporting “showed a deep concern for the civilians caught in the middle of a brutal war.”

VIDEO RELEASE

In the video distributed Tuesday and titled “A Second Message to America,” Sotloff appears in a similar jumpsuit — modelled on that worn by Islamic prisoners being held at the controversial Guantánamo Bay detention centre.

The SITE Intelligence Group, a US terrorism watchdog, first reported about the video’s existence. Unlike the footage of Foley’s beheading, which was widely shared on Twitter accounts affiliated with the Islamic State group, the video purporting to show Sotloff’s killing was not immediately posted online.

Before the video’s release, messages on websites frequented by jihadis warned of a “second message to America.”

However, it appeared that a separate faction of the Islamic State group posted it early to another account before it was supposed to be released.

A later Twitter message apologised for releasing it early and asked fellow jihadis not to “reproach” them.

Sotloff reported extensively on the Middle East, writing for Time and Foreign Policy magazines before being kidnapped by IS in Syria in 2013.image www.crimefiles.net

Kidnapped … Sotloff reported extensively on the Middle East, writing for Time and Foreign Policy magazines before being kidnapped by IS in Syria in 2013.

Third ‘message’ … British man David Cawthorne Haines appeared at the end of the video and was threatened with execution if the United States did not end air strikes. Source: Supplied

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BRITISH MAN THREATENED

At the end of the video, the British executioner threatens to kill a third captive, a Briton, David Cawthorne Haines. It was not immediately clear who Haines was. Officials with the British Foreign Office declined to immediately comment.

The killer specifically mentions the recent US air strikes around the Mosul dam and the beleaguered Iraqi town of Amirli, making it unlikely that Sotloff was killed at the same time as Foley, as some analysts had speculated.

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AIR STRIKES TAKE EFFECT

Over the weekend, Iraqi government forces with help from U.S. air strikes broke Islamic State’s two-month siege of Amirli, a town where some 15,000 Shiite Turkmens had been stranded.

American air strikes against IS positions and vehicles continued in the wake of Foley’s death, and more than 120 have been carried out, most of them hitting targets around Iraq’s largest dam north of Mosul.

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