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"He was no war junkie": Sotloff family spokesperson

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 - 01:22

A Sotloff family spokesperson says executed freelance journalist Steven Sotloff ''was no war junkie'' but aimed to ''find good'' in a world of darkness. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Barak Barfi, the spokesman for the family of slain freelance journalist Steven Sotloff, issued a statement on Wednesday (September 3) saying, Sotloff "was no war junkie." "He did not want to be a modern day Lawrence of Arabia. He merely wanted to give voice to those who had none," Barfi said. On Tuesday, the Islamic State militant group released a video purporting to show the beheading of Sotloff, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. air strikes in Iraq. A masked figure in the video seen by Reuters also issued a threat against a British hostage, a man the group named as David Haines, and warned governments to back off "this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State". Sotloff, a 31-year-old freelance journalist from Florida, was kidnapped in Syria in August 2013. In the video, Sotloff describes himself as "paying the price" with his life for the U.S. intervention in Iraq. Sotloff's mother, Shirley, appealed last Wednesday for her son's release in a videotaped message to Islamic State's self-proclaimed caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The United States resumed air strikes in Iraq in August for the first time since the pullout of U.S. troops in 2011. The raids followed major gains by Islamic State, which has declared an Islamic Caliphate in areas it controls in Syria and Iraq.

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"He was no war junkie": Sotloff family spokesperson

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 - 01:22