A video has been released by Islamic State extremists claiming to show the murder of US hostage and freelance journalist Steven Sotloff. The White House has said it is working to verify the contents of the video.
What follows is a transcript of what is claimed to be the last words of Steven Sotloff, taken from the footage reportedly released by Islamic State.
I am Steven Joel Sotloff.
I'm sure you know exactly who I am by now, and why I am appearing before you.
And now it is time for my message.
Obama, your foreign policy of intervention in Iraq was supposed to be for the preservation of American lives and interests, so why is it that I'm having to pay the price of your interference with my life.
Am I not an American citizen?
You've spent billions of US taxpayers dollars and we've lost thousands of our troops in our previous fighting against the Islamic State.
So where is the American people's interests in reigniting this war?
From what little I know about foreign policy I remember a time when you could not win an election without promising to bring our troops back home from Iraq, from Afghanistan, and to close down Guantanamo.
Here you are now Obama, nearing the end of your term, having achieved non of the above, and seemingly marching us, the American people, into a blazing fire.
The man who appears to wield the knife seems to have a British accent that has been disguised. His statement suggest he is the same fighter who killed James Foley last month. Below is a transcript of what he says:
I'm back Obama, and I'm back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards Islamic State, because of your insistence in continuing your bombings in Amerli, Samarra and Mosul dam despite our serious warnings.
You, Obama, have yet again through your actions, killed yet another American citizen.
So just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.