Beheading ‘Will Not Intimidate US’

President Barack Obama has vowed the US will not be intimidated, after Islamic State militants released a video showing the beheading of American journalist, Steven Sotloff.

He says the US will build a coalition to “degrade and destroy” the group.

Another US journalist, James Foley, was similarly killed last month.

Separately, the UK held a meeting of its emergency Cobra committee, after threats to kill a British hostage who was also shown in the latest video.

Islamic State has seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria in recent months, declaring a new caliphate, or Islamic state, under leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The US has launched more than 120 air strikes in the past month to try to help Kurdish forces curb the IS advance.

After the latest video emerged, Mr Obama ordered the deployment of 350 more troops to Baghdad, to protect US diplomatic facilities.

His announcement came, as the campaign group, Human Rights Watch said it had uncovered new sites of Islamic State mass killings, in the Iraqi city of Tikrit.

The militants are believed to have murdered more than 500 Iraqi soldiers, after taking over a large Iraqi army base in June.

BBC

 

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