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Stephen Harper qualifie la mort de Sotloff de «sauvage et inacceptable»

02/09/2014 07:20 EDT | Actualisé 02/09/2014 07:21 EDT
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This still image from an undated video released by Islamic State militants on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, purports to show journalist Steven Sotloff being held by the militant group. The Islamic State group has threatened to kill Sotloff if the United States doesn't stop its strikes against them in Iraq. Sotloff's mother, Shirley Sotloff, pleaded for his release Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in a video message aimed directly at his captors that aired on the Al-Arabiya television network. (AP Photo)

À son arrivée au Royaume-Uni, où il doit participer cette semaine à un sommet de l'OTAN, le premier ministre Stephen Harper a dénoncé la nouvelle exécution d'un journaliste américain par le groupe extrémiste de l'État islamique, en Irak.

Le groupe terroriste a publié une nouvelle vidéo montrant des images de la décapitation du journaliste Steven Sotloff.

"Horrifié d'apprendre la mort sauvage et inacceptable de Steven Sotloff aux mains de l'ÉI, a déclaré M. Harper par le biais de son compte Twitter. Nos pensées et nos prières vont à ses proches."

Il s'agit d'une deuxième vidéo du genre publiée par l'État islamique en autant de semaines. Le mois dernier, une vidéo similaire semblait démontrer la décapitation de James Foley, un journaliste américain enlevé en Syrie 18 mois plus tôt.

M. Harper est à Londres afin de discuter d'échanges économiques. Il se rendra ensuite à Cardiff, au Pays de Galles, pour un sommet de deux jours de l'OTAN. Une proposition pour l'organisation d'une nouvelle force militaire offrant aux pays membres une capacité de réaction rapide sera entre autres à l'ordre du jour.

Lors des réunions prévues jeudi et vendredi, les dirigeants présents discuteront également de la crise en Ukraine et de la fin de la mission de l'OTAN en Afghanistan. Le sommet survient au moment où les États-Unis et le Royaume-Uni mettent de la pression sur le Canada pour qu'il augmente ses dépenses militaires afin de respecter le standard de l'OTAN de deux pour cent du produit intérieur brut.

Âgé de 31 ans, M. Sotloff travaillait comme journaliste pigiste pour les magazines Time et Foreign Policy. Il était disparu en Syrie en août 2013 et on ne l'avait pas revu avant d'être aperçu dans la vidéo de décapitation de M. Foley. Vêtu d'une combinaison orange et avec un paysage aride syrien en arrière-plan, M. Sotloff était menacé de mort dans cette vidéo si les États-Unis ne mettaient pas fin à leurs frappes contre le groupe en Irak

Dans la vidéo publiée mardi et intitulée "Un deuxième message pour l'Amérique", M. Sotloff est vêtu d'une combinaison semblable et est décapité par un militant de l'État islamique, un groupe qui a réclamé plusieurs territoires en Syrie et en Irak et qui s'est déclaré un califat.

Le groupe a menacé de tuer un autre otage, qui serait d'origine britannique.

À Washington, la porte-parole du département d'État, Jen Psaki, a indiqué que les analyses des services de renseignement américains seraient complétées "aussi rapidement que possible" pour déterminer si la vidéo était authentique.

"Si la vidéo est authentique, nous sommes dégoûtés par cet acte brutal, qui emporte la vie d'un autre citoyen américain innocent", a dit Mme Psaki.

La porte-parole a dit croire que "quelques" Américains seraient encore détenus par l'État islamique, sans donner plus de détails.

INOLTRE SU HUFFPOST

  • He was part of a group of four Brits called 'The Beatles' based in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa
    A former hostage, who was held for a year in the Syrian town of Raqqa, has told the Guardian that the killer was the ringleader of a trio of UK-born extremists the captives nicknamed \"The Beatles\" because of their nationality.
  • He was the ringleader, and in charge of guarding foreign hostages
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    The masked killer who murdered Foley is known as \'John\' to the group.
  • He is left-handed
    Only 10% of the world\'s population are left-handed. All of the information from the video will be analysed rigorously by intelligence services, including the way he holds his weapon, his height, body movement and intonation. MI5 have a database of Brits they believe have travelled to Syria, and they will be comparing what they know about each one, the Telegraph reported.
  • He is probably from south London but could have family links to Afghanistan
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    Dr Claire Hardaker, a linguistics experts at Lancaster University, has told several media outlets that the man\'s vowels marked him out as likely from the south-east of England, but most likely from London. Elizabeth McClelland, a forensic voice and speech analyst, told the Telegraph the accent has \"possible influences of Farsi, which could suggest a family link to Afghanistan\".
  • He was probably chosen for the job because his British accent would be more sinister for Western viewers of the video
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    \"This is significant because it signifies a turn towards threatening the west. They are saying we\'re going to come after you if you bomb us,\" Prof Peter Neumann, director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, at King\'s College London told the Guardian.
  • He emailed the Foley family, furious about the US airstrikes, informing them he would kill their son
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    Foley\'s family had been emailed by ISIS as early as last Wednesday and were informed that the terror group intended to execute the reporter in retaliation for US air strikes against Isis targets in northern Iraq.\nGlobalPost chief executive, Philip Balboni said that ISIS \"made no demands\", just informed the family the execution was going to take place. They tried to engage him in conversation, but to no avail, because the jihadist was fuelled by \"seething anger\".
  • He had previously wanted a ransom to spare Foley's life, but the US government did not pay
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    According to the New York Times who spoke to a family representative and a captive held alognside Foley, ISIS demanded the United States to provide a $100 million ransom ransom for Foley\'s life, but unlike several other European countries who did pay out, the US refused.
  • He was the main negotiator in the release of 11 IS hostages earlier this year
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    Almost a dozen hostages, some held for over six months, were handed to Turkish officials. They included two Spanish journalists, one pictured here, Javier Espinosa.
  • The militants foiled an attempted rescue by US Special Ops
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    US President Barack Obama sent troops to Syria this summer to rescue a number of Americans being held hostage, including Foley, senior administration officials said. Several dozen special operations troops who were dropped by aircraft into Syria did not find them and engaged in a firefight with IS militants before departing.
  • The killer treated Foley differently and more harshly that other hostages
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    French journalist Nicolas Henin spent seven months in captivity with Foley, including a week where they were handcuffed together, telling the BBC Foley was treated as \"some kind of scapegoat\" and was beaten more frequently. \"Some countries like America but also like the UK do not negotiate and, well, they put their people at risk,\" he said.