U.S. President Barack Obama condemns the beheading of journalist Steven Sotloff and says the barbaric act only stiffens U.S. resolve to fight against Islamic State. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~**NO ACCESS ESTONIA** ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) United States President Barack Obama has condemned the beheading of Steven Sotloff at the hands of Islamic State militants at a news conference in Tallinn on Wednesday (September 3). Speaking alongside Estonian President Toomas Hendrink Ilves at a meeting with Baltic states in the Estonian capital, Obama said that the killing only strengthened U.S. resolve to take the fight to the Islamic militants. "I want to say that today the prayers of the American people are with the family of a devoted and courageous journalist Steven Sotloff," he said. "Whatever these murderers think they will achieve by killing innocent Americans like Steven, they have already failed. They have failed because, like people around the world, Americans are repulsed by their barbarism. We will not be intimidated - their horrific acts only unite us as a country and stiffen our resolve to take the fight against these terrorists," he declared. Sotloff, a 31-year-old freelance journalist from Florida, was kidnapped in Syria in August 2013. In the video, Sotloff describes himself as "paying the price" with his life for the U.S. intervention in Iraq. Islamic state has threatened another hostage, British national David Haines.