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ISIS executioner who threatens to behead British hostage will be hunted down like ‘Bin Laden’ says ex-head of Navy
- News of British hostage emerged during brutal execution of Steven Sotloff
- Foreign Secretary said UK will explore ‘every possible option’ to rescue him
- Home Secretary added we must protect against ‘murderous psychopaths’
- In a video titled ‘Second Message to America’, Sotloff describes himself as ‘paying the price’ for Obama’s decision to attack ISIS with airstrikes
- Jihadist then says ‘I’m back, Obama’, before using a knife to cut off his head
- Executioner believed to be same man who killed James Foley two weeks ago
- Barack Obama today called Foley and Sotloff”s executions ‘terrible crimes’
The government could make a fresh attempt to rescue a British hostage threatened with execution by ISIS militants who have already filmed themselves brutally beheading two American journalists.
Foreign secretary Phillip Hammond said the UK is looking ‘at every possible option to protect’ the 44-year-old British citizen after a previous U.S-led rescue attempt failed to secure his release.
Details of his capture emerged in a chilling propaganda video titled ‘A Second Message to America’, in which U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff is savagely murdered by an ISIS executioner who speaks with a British accent – believed to be the same man who beheaded James Foley two weeks ago.
Barack Obama today described the video as ‘barbaric’ adding that the U.S. will not be intimidated by the radical Islamists and vowing to build a coalition to ‘degrade and destroy’ the group.
Today Lord West, the former head of the British navy, described the executioner as a ‘dead man walking’ and said U.S. special forces will hunt him down in the same way they tracked and killed Osama Bin Laden.
The British hostage shown in the video is a 44-year-old man from central Scotland who was captured by Islamists close to the Syrian border with Turkey last year while working for an aid company.
Although his name is known, the man’s family have requested that it not be made public.