Hostage's mother pleads with jihadists to spare him

Washington - The mother of a US hostage who has been threatened with death by the jihadist gang that murdered a kidnapped reporter pleaded for her son's life on Wednesday in an emotional televised appeal.

Shirley Sotloff, mother of 31-year-old freelance reporter Steven Sotloff, directly addressed the leader of so-called Islamic State, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, in a video message distributed to the media.

"My son Steven's life is in your hands," she said. "He is a journalist who made a journey to cover the story of Muslims suffering at the hands of tyrants."

"As a mother, I ask your justice to be merciful and not punish my son for matters he has no control over."

Sotloff disappeared while reporting in Syria in August 2013. His apparent kidnap was not widely reported until he appeared on a video released last week by the Islamic State.

In the footage a masked militant beheads US reporter James Foley then parades Sotloff, warning he will meet the same fate unless US President Barack Obama halts air strikes against the group in Iraq.

"We have not seen Steven for over a year and we miss him very much. We want to see him home safe and sound and to hug him," the mother said, looking tired and tense but controlled.

"Since his capture, I have learned a lot about Islam. I've learned that Islam teaches that no individual should be held responsible for the sins of others," she said.

"Steven has no control over the actions of the US government. He's an innocent journalist. I've always learned that you, the Caliph can grant amnesty. I ask you to please release my child.

"I ask you to use your authority to spare his life and to follow the example set by the Prophet Mohammed. I plead with you to grant me this."

The Islamic State, a jihadist militant group, has declared the stretch of territory it controls in eastern Syria and northern Iraq to be the heartland of a new caliphate and Baghdadi the leader of all Muslims.

Ursula Nel 2014/08/27 09:01:10 PM
Ek sal byna enigiets kwytraak om my kind te bevry
Riaan Kriek 2014/08/27 09:04:38 PM
Good luck. That word mercy comes from the Bible that no one wants to know. It is not in the quran. The quran say kill the infidel. You are trying to negotiate with satan. I feel so sorry for your son and will pray that God almighty intervene to save him. But we must remember that IS has grown because the world has turned its back on Jesus.(who is Love). Now we will have to live with the opposite. But this was predicted in the Bible thousands of years ago.
Scotty English 2014/08/27 09:36:16 PM
A proud time to be a muzi hey. Bunch of dirty filthy father Christmases. There is only one way and that's through Jesus.
Godfather458 2014/08/27 10:07:24 PM
To Scotty and Scoffel , This has nothing to do with Islam , these are extremist who use religion for there own demands and ways , it's not about Muzi's as you call it or Muslims , As a Muslim I strongly condemn the killing of a innocent human being being it whatever race or religion & Islam forbids it as well .
Ennio Morricone 2014/08/27 10:15:35 PM
Mum, Baghdadi has no soul.,they are animals
Viman Singh 2014/08/27 11:02:44 PM
If I was muslim, I would have definitely converted to another religion. This is sick.
Sean Mitchell 2014/08/28 05:55:20 AM
Mxolisi R. Gqamane 2014/08/28 08:09:49 AM
This just goes to show that the so called allah is nothing but a cruel demon,these people worship demons and claim that they serve the Living God while butchering innocent people,the God I serve is full of LOVE and wouldn't instruct anyone to behead somebody else,islam is a sick religion which comes from the pit of hell and their god is lucifer the devil himself..even the false prophet mohammed was a terrorist.
Riaan Kriek 2014/08/28 08:51:42 AM
Filled with satanic deamons (ISIS)
Louie Walshe 2014/08/28 11:23:04 AM
If Washington kept its greedy warmongering fingers out of the ME to begin with, this wouldn't be happening. When will people learn that the US doesn't win any wars, it only gets involved in other countries affairs, exits the country and leaves power vacuums to be filled by scum like IS. This woman should be begging Washington to but out and leave the ME, let the ME burn or flourish on its own steam. The more the US gets involved the more they put the rest of the world at risk. Sadly war and wealth go hand in hand, like greed and power. I personally couldn't care less what the camel jockeys in the ME get up to as long as they keep it within their own territory. If Washington expects IS to leave western interests alone then Washington needs to learn to do the same with regards to non American affairs. Whether it is a bomb ripping human flesh apart or a knife separating a head from its torso, they are equally as evil and neither should be condoned. IS is disgustingly evil and the US equally so.