Update, 1:20 p.m.: At a news conference this afternoon, Obama called the Islamic State a "cancer." He did not mention Sotloff by name and did not say specifically what his military plans were, but he vowed that ""The United States of America will continue to do what we must do to protect our people. We will be vigilant and we will be relentless."
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Original post, 12;20 p.m.:
Yesterday, extremists from ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, released a video showing the apparent beheading of American journalist James Foley, of New Hampshire. In the video, they also showed Steven Sotloff, of Miami. Sotloff is shown on video explaining that his fate depends on whether President Obama continues bombings or not.
Sotloff is believed to have been captured in Syria last fall. He last used Twitter on August 3, 2013. On it, he declares himself a "stand-up philosopher from Miami." His bio also says "Currently in Libya. I've been published in TIME, National Interest, FP, CSM, The Diplomat, LWJ, & more." He alternately tweeted about Middle East politics and his love for the Miami Heat. More »