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Journalist's brother urges US to help save fellow hostage

The brother of murdered journalist James Foley has urged the US Government and its allies to do more to secure the safety of fellow American journalist and Islamic State hostage Steven Sotloff.

Speaking to Good Morning Britain, Michael Foley said, "I don't have all the answers but what I can say is that I urge the US Government, our partners and our allies to do everything they can and to treat this with the utmost sense of urgency because there [are] things that can be done."

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Islamic State releases video of 'killing of Syrian troops'

More than 150 Syrian soldiers were stripped and marched into the desert to be shot by Islamic State militants, activists have claimed.

The video shows the men being marched through the desert, barefoot and in their underwear Credit: YouTube

A video has been posted to YouTube purporting to show the men, who are barefoot and in their underwear, being escorted into the desert.

It then goes black before revealing a similar number of men, also in their underwear, lying dead in the sand.

The video goes on to show what appears to be the men dead in the sand Credit: YouTube

The video has yet to be verified but correspond to other reports from the region, and tie up with a statement and claims made via Twitter relating to the mass killing of troops captured in recent fighting for a string of military bases in north-eastern Syria.

There has been no immediate comment from the Syrian government.

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