August 25, 2014

The Worst Fate Possible for a Journalist

Michael Totten, World Affairs Journal


I cancelled my trip to Libya and went to Lebanon instead. Knowing I had a colleague and a friend-to-be waiting in Benghazi wasn’t enough. There is safety in numbers, sure, but we journalists can only do so much to protect each other. He seemed disappointed, but he too ended up leaving Libya and went to, of all places, Syria.

His name is Steven Sotloff. And he was kidnapped last August by ISIS. Last weekend ISIS executed our colleague James Foley on camera and said Sotloff is next. Sotloff appears in the video too and personally witnessed Foley’s beheading.

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TAGGED: Journalist , James Foley, Steven Sotloff, ISIS


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Shashank Joshi, Daily Telegraph
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August 21, 2014
Wake Up, America, the War Has Hit Home
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August 21, 2014
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August 22, 2014
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2 Americans and the ISIS-al-Qaeda Grudge Match
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