Steven Joel Sotloff was an American-Israeli journalist. In August 2013, he was kidnapped in Aleppo, Syria, and held captive by militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. On September 2, 2014, ISIS released a beheading video, showing one of its members beheading Sotloff. Following Sotloff’s beheading, U.S. President Barack Obama stated that the United States would take action to “degrade and destroy” ISIS. President Obama also signed an Executive Order dated June 24, 2015, in the presence of the Sotloff family and other hostage families, overhauling how the U.S. handles U.S. hostages held abroad by groups such as ISIS. The capture and beheading of Steven Sotloff, and of fellow journalist James Foley a month prior, initiated broad public awareness of ISIL/ISIS after the beheadings were shown on the Internet and then on international television.
|Born:||Steven Joel Sotloff, May 11, 1983, Miami, Florida, U.S.|
|Disappeared:||August 4, 2013, Aleppo, Syria|
|Died:||c. September 02, 2014, Syrian desert|
|Cause of death:||Beheading|
|Citizenship:||United States, Israel|
|Alma mater:||Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya|
|Twitter:||Steven Sotloff’s Twitter profile|
About Steven Sotloff
Late American journalist who was kidnapped and murdered in Syria by the Islamic militant group known as ISIS. Prior to his death, he was an acclaimed reporter for magazines like Time and World Affairs.
He was raised in Pinecrest, Florida and majored in Journalism at the University of Central Florida.
A video of his murder was discovered on a file sharing site by the SITE Intelligence Group on September 2, 2014.
His parents are Arthur and Shirley Sotloff.
Following his death, U.S. President Barack Obama gave a speech vowing to bring ISIS to justice.
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