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Memorial service held for IS victim Steven Sotloff

Nearly 1,000 mourners including relatives, friends and politicians, have attended a memorial service in Florida for US journalist Steven Sotloff, who was killed by IS militants.

The Islamic State released a video on Tuesday showing the murder of Mr Sotloff.

He is the second American journalist to be beheaded in two weeks over the group's confrontation with the US over air strikes in Iraq and its foreign policy.

Footage of James Foley being beheaded on August 19 shocked the world.

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Friend of Sotloff: 'Pay ransoms to get Americans home'

A friend of Steven Sotloff and James Foley has said that reports of delays in a rescue mission for US hostages and journalists "probably cost them their lives".

Documentary film maker Matthew Van Dyke also criticised the US for not paying ransoms for hostages and the American administration's choice of policy decisions in tackling the rising threat of the Islamic State.

He said: "It's time that we look in this particular case of paying the ransoms and getting these Americans home.

"I blame ISIS for their deaths, but this administration hasn't gotten them home. Apparently they dragged their feet on the rescue missions. They haven't paid the ransoms.

"The rise of ISIS didn't have to happen. This is a consequence of a series of policy decisions that now have cost two close friends of mine their lives and will likely cost other hostages their lives as well. It needs to stop."

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