Steven Sotloff

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Steven J. Sotloff
Born Steven Joel Sotloff
May 11, 1983
Miami, Florida, U.S.[1]
Disappeared August 4, 2013[2]
Aleppo, Syria[2]
Status Executed
Died reported September 2, 2014(2014-09-02) (aged 31)
Nationality American
Other names Steve Sotloff
Alma mater University of Central Florida
Occupation Journalist
Employer Time[3]
Parent(s) Arthur Sotloff
Shirley Sotloff[4][5]
Relatives Lauren Sotloff (sister)[4]

Steven Joel Sotloff (May 11, 1983 – September 2, 2014) was an American journalist. He is best known for his work for Time. He also worked for The National Interest, Media Line, and Foreign Policy. He has appeared on CNN and Fox News. He has traveled to Syria, Egypt, Turkey, Libya, and Bahrain.

Sotloff was born and raised in Miami, Florida. His father is Arthur Sotloff. His mother is Shirley Pulwer. He studied at universities in Florida and New Hampshire.

Kidnapping[change | change source]

On August 4, 2013, Sotloff was kidnapped in Aleppo, Syria near the Turkey border. He is currently being held captive by ISIS Islamic militants in eastern Syria. On August 19, 2014, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant released a video titled "A Message to America", showing the beheading of fellow journalist James Foley.[6] At the end of the video, ISIS threatened U.S. president Barack Obama, telling him that "his next move" will decide the fate of Sotloff.[7]

However, only days after this threat was released, the U.S. stepped up airstrikes against ISIS. The U.S. fired 14 missiles at various ISIS Humvees near the Mosul Dam.[8]

Beheading[change | change source]

On September 2, 2014, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant released a video of the beheading of a man they identified as Sotloff.[9]

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References[change | change source]

  1. "Who Is Steven Joel Sotloff, Second American Journalist Threatened by ISIS?". NBC News. 20 August 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Paul Farrell (19 August 2014). "Steven Sotloff: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  3. Jack Phillips (19 August 2014). "Steven Sotloff: Missing TIME Journalist Steven Joel Sotloff Threatened by ISIS in Beheading Video, Report Says (Photos, Video)". The Epoch Times. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Rosa Prince (20 August 2014). "Steven Sotloff: the American journalist whose life fanatics say is in Obama’s hands". The Telegraph. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  5. Rukmini Callimachi (27 August 2014). "American Hostage’s Mother Issues Appeal to ISIS Leader: Plea to Islamic State for Release of Steven Sotloff". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  6. "ISIS claims to have beheaded U.S. journalist". CBS. August 19, 2014. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  7. "ISIS threatens to kill 2nd American.". Huffington Post. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  8. "U.S defies ISIS threats.". CNN. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  9. Steven Sotloff 'beheaded by Islamic State'