WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is clearing the way for families of U.S. hostages to pay ransom to terror groups without fear of prosecution, as the White House seeks to address criticism from those whose loved ones have been killed in captivity. Continue reading
Islamic State militants released a video Friday night that purportedly shows the beheading of British aid worker Alan Henning, the Associated Press reports. This is amid ongoing U.S. airstrikes against the extremist group’s strongholds along the Syria-Iraq border. Although the … Continue reading
Islamic State militants released a video on Saturday which purports to show the beheading of British aid worker David Cawthorne Haines, the Associated Press reports.
WASHINGTON — A U.S. intelligence analysis has concluded that American journalist Steven Sotloff was beheaded by Islamic State militants at some point after a similar killing of another U.S. reporter. Continue reading
Obama still did not give a timeline for deciding on a strategy to go after the extremist group’s operations in Syria. “It’s going to take time for us to be able to roll them back,” the president said at a news conference during a visit to Europe. Continue reading
For reaction, Judy Woodruff talks to Charles Sennott of The GroundTruth Project. Then, former National Security Council staff Lt. Col. Douglas Ollivant (Ret.), former Counterterrorism Official Daniel Benjamin and former State Department official Anne-Marie Slaughter discuss how the killing affects U.S. policy toward the Islamic State group. Continue reading
In a gruesome video, Islamic State radicals purportedly beheaded Steven Sotloff — a 31-year-old American freelancer who went missing in Syria last year. In the video posted on Aug. 19 of the beheading of James Foley, the militant group warned Sotloff would suffer the same fate if U.S. airstrikes continued in Iraq. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading
U.S. authorities have confirmed that an online video showing Islamic State militants killing American journalist Steven Sotloff is authentic. Continue reading