ISIS claims in a new video released Tuesday to have executed Steven Sotloff, the American journalist who was shown in last month’s video execution of James Foley. In the previous video, ISIS threatened the 31-year-old freelancer would be killed unless the U.S. stopped airstrikes in Iraq. Today he was beheaded. After Sotloff’s murder in the video, the group warned it would execute a British national named David Cawthorne Haines.
Last week, Sotloff's mother released a video plea to the group to spare her son. “As a mother, I ask your justice to be merciful and not punish my son for matters he has no control over,” she said.
Shortly after the video surfaced, Sen. Bill Nelson announced he was filing legislation to give President Obama the all-clear for legal authority to order strikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.