The family of Steven Sotloff , the second American hostage to be killed by Islamic State (ISIL) militants, has paid tribute to the journalist.
Speaking from Sotloff’s parents’ home in Miami, family spokesman Barak Barfi said he had a gentle soul, and his spirit would endure in their hearts.
“Steve was no hero. Like all of us, he was a mere man who tried to find good concealed in a world of darkness. And if it did not exist, he tried to create it.”
Washington’s response has been a pledge by President Obama to fight Islamic State until it is no longer a force in the Middle East – a sentiment echoed by Vice President Joe Biden:
“When people harm Americans we don’t retreat. We don’t forget, we take care of those who are grieving and when that’s finished they should know we will follow them to the gates of hell.”
In the UK, Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will be backing efforts to build an alliance of nations against the extremists.
Concern is growing for a British aid worker being held hostage whom ISIL has threatened to kill next.
David Haines, 44, – who has now been named in UK media – is thought to have been captured along with an Italian aid worker near a refugee camp at
in Syria in early 2013..