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In video to militants, captive American's mother pleads for his life
In video to militants, captive American's mother pleads for his life

In what is becoming an increasingly public negotiation over the fate of American journalist Steven J. Sotloff, who is being held by the militant group Islamic State, his mother released a video Wednesday pleading for his release. Shirley Sotloff appears in a professionally produced video and speaks directly to Abu Bakr Baghdadi, the self-appointed caliph of the Islamic State. “As a mother I ask your justice to be merciful and not punish my son for matters he has no control over,” she says. “I ask you to use your authority to spare his life and to follow the example set by the prophet Muhammad who protected people of the book.” Steven J. Sotloff, a freelance...

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