Beheaded journalist’s parents thank Trump for ‘eliminating’ Islamic State chief
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Beheaded journalist’s parents thank Trump for ‘eliminating’ Islamic State chief

President calls family of US-Israeli reporter Steven Sotloff after press conference on mission that brought death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Screen capture from video of Shirley Sotloff, left, with her husband Arthur, delivering a statement about the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State group which executed their son, journalist Steven Sotloff. The statement was given October 27, 2019.
Screen capture from video of Shirley Sotloff, left, with her husband Arthur, delivering a statement about the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State group which executed their son, journalist Steven Sotloff. The statement was given October 27, 2019.

The parents of Steven Sotloff, a Jewish journalist who was beheaded by Islamic State terrorists, said they are glad that the terror group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead.

“The Sotloff family is thankful to President Trump, our brave US special forces and all involved intelligence allies for pinpointing and eliminating ISIS leader al-Baghdadi without suffering any US military casualties,” said Shirley Sotloff, reading from a statement on Sunday, as her husband Arthur stood beside her in front of their home.

“While the victory will not bring our beloved son Steven back to us, it is a significant step in the campaign against ISIS,” Sotloff said.

ISIS is another acronym for the Islamic State terror group.

US President Donald Trump recalled Sotloff by name, as well as three other American IS victims, during his announcement of the death of Baghdadi.

Journalist Steve Sotloff in Jordan, 2009. (Facebook/ Oren Kessler)

Trump called the Sotloff family following his news conference on Sunday morning.

Sotloff was kidnapped in August 2013 after crossing into Syria from Turkey and was killed on September 2, 2014.

IS posted a video showing the beheading. American journalist James Foley had been similarly killed a month earlier by the terrorist group.

Screen capture from a video showing US-Israeli citizen Steven Sotloff with an Islamic State terrorist. (JTA)

Sotloff, 31, was a native of Miami and grandson of Holocaust survivors who held dual Israeli citizenship. He made aliyah in 2005 and studied foreign relations in Herzliya. Sotloff reported from a number of Middle Eastern countries for publications such as Time, the Christian Science Monitor and Foreign Policy. He reportedly was planning to go to Aleppo, Syria, to report on the city’s humanitarian crisis.

Following his death, the family established the 2Lives Steven Joel Sotloff Memorial Foundation to support student journalists.

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