(Edited) A second US journalist, Steven Sotloff, has reportedly been beheaded by ISIS, a terrorist group active in Syria and Iraq. In the latest development, White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden made a statement saying the video was authentic. President Barack Obama said that justice will be done.
The video was released on the Internet via a website used by jihadist groups to publicise their atrocities. ISIS carried out the killings in reaction to US bombings in north Iraq, following the mass displacement of refugees fleeing ISIS' extremist attacks on communities in the region.