Washington: The US has confirmed that the beheading video of a second American journalist was authentic, as President Barack Obama on September 3 vowed to punish the Islamic State terrorist group, saying America would not be intimidated.
“Those who make the mistake of harming Americans will learn that we will not forget… that our reach is long and that justice will be served,” Obama said at a news conference in the Estonian capital Tallinn.
“Our objective is clear. That is to degrade and destroy (IS) so that it’s no longer a threat, not just to Iraq but also to the region and to the United States,” he said, according to CNN.
The terrorists who killed two American journalists, Steven Sotloff and James Foley, in a space of two weeks will be brought to justice as IS atrocities only served to galvanize American resolve to punish and dismantle the terror group, he said.
In Washington, the White House National Security Council (NSC) confirmed the authenticity of the video showing the apparent beheading of Sotloff.
Arun Kumar, IANS