According to reports in both Israeli and international media this week, the Islamic State has a 24-hour television channel in the works. The station, which if launched will take Isis’ well-polished propaganda machine to an entirely new level, will feature round-the-clock news and commentary that supports its jihadist ideology.
Dressed in an orange jumpsuit against the backdrop of an arid Syrian landscape, U.S. freelance journalist Steven Sotloff appears in a video in an orange jumpsuit before he was purportedly beheaded by an Islamic State fighter. The fighter who beheads Sotloff in the video called it retribution for Obama’s continued airstrikes against the group in Iraq.
At the end of the video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley, a militant shows a second man, who was identified as another American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warns that he could be the next captive killed. Sotloff was kidnapped near the Syrian-Turkish border in August 2013; he had freelanced for Time, the National Interest and MediaLine.