Sotloff beheading: Video authenticity probed

A video of journalist Steven Sotloff being killed by ISIS militants is being verified by US intelligence.

US journalist Steven Sotloff was beheaded by ISIS forces in Syria. The video surfaced on 2 September 2014. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The authenticity of a video that appears to show the beheading of another American journalist by the ISIS militant group of Iraq and Syria is being verified.

Steven Sotloff had been kidnapped in Syria in August last year.

In the video, Sotloff is shown speaking to the camera before he is killed, saying he is 'paying the price' for the United States (US)'s intervention in Iraq.

Last month, Sotloff appeared in another ISIS video showing the decapitation of fellow American journalist James Foley.

The US state department's Jen Psaki says, "If the video is genuine, we are sickened by this brutal act taking the life of another innocent American citizen. Our hearts go out to the Sotloff family. And we will provide more information as it becomes available."

Forensic audio expert Paul Ginsberg says the footage will be scrutinised.

"The intelligence community will go through every inch of this analysing the electronic impulses, the audio, the video, the speech and voice identification."