Is This a Picture of Steven Sotloff?


Could this possibly be a picture of Steven Sotloff, who was beheaded by ISIS earlier this week?

Red Flag News captioned this photo as follows:

A photo tweet posted by “AzoozF” with an IS logo purportedly shows Steven Sotloff manning a truck mounted machine gun. It was posted on Wednesday. Arabic text accompanying the photo identifies the man as Sotloff.

So, again, is it Sotloff?

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That judgment is not going to be easy to make for a variety of reasons, including the sunglasses and overall clarity of the shot. And, even if it is Sotloff, you must understand that he had grown very friendly with a number of dangerous people. So it could have been a “kodak moment.” Please understand that this is not being reported as fact, but rather being reported because the mainstream media will likely ignore it.

It may or may not be Sotloff, and even if it is, it hardly proves anything. It would simply be a piece of a puzzle.

On Wednesday a tweet was published which clearly claimed the man in the picture was America’s latest deceased journalist.

صورة للأمريكي “ستيفن سوتلوف” الذي ذبحته #الدولة_الإسلامية وهو يقاتل في سوريا !! هل هذا صحفي أم جاسوس “جندي” أمريكي؟!

— الدولة الإسلامية (@AzoozF) September 4, 2014

I used Google Translate for the text and, though slightly unintelligible, much like yours truly, it is clear that there is a claim made that this is Steven Sotloff. The tweet also seemed to question if he was a spy rather than a journalist but, without a better translation, I cannot be sure.

Interestingly enough, after the James Foley beheading, a top media spokesperson for Bashar al-Assad claimed that Foley had been killed a year ago.

The propaganda is in full flight.

You just never quite know which side is telling the truth.

I have found that the best policy is to assume both sides are lying and to look for the truth somewhere in between.

Please keep the friends and family of both James Foley and Steven Sotloff in your thoughts and prayers. While you are at, it please pray for America. No matter which side you are on in the intervention debate there is no doubt that some tough decisions are being made which could come with unsavory consequences.

Our goal here is to get to the truth and I would never intentionally diminish the life of a man who was killed by such ruthless thugs. Again, even if you accept the many claims that ISIS was armed and trained by America, and even if you think the CIA runs the show, it is not very hard to get Islamists to do what they do best. Islamists were born to kill and they are in no way victims of anyone, even if our government is complicit, which I believe is highly likely.


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