‘Steven Sotloff sold to ISIS by ‘moderate’ Syrian insurgents’

This 10 September 2014 video is about ‘moderate’ Syrian insurgents selling Steven Sotloff to ISIS.

By Ed Mazza in the USA:

Steven Sotloff Was Sold To ISIS By ‘Moderate’ Rebels, Family Spokesman Tells CNN

09/09/2014 12:59 am EDT

Steven Sotloff, the American journalist murdered by Islamic State militants last week, was sold to the terrorist organization by supposedly moderate rebels in Syria, a family spokesman told CNN on Monday night.

“For the first time, we can say Steven was sold at the border. Steven’s name was on a list that he had been responsible for the bombing of a hospital,” Barak Barfi said on “Anderson Cooper 360.” “This was false, activists spread his name around.”

“We believe that these so-called moderate rebels that people want our administration to support, one of them sold him probably for something between $25,000 and $50,000 to ISIS, and that was the reason he was captured,” Barfi told Cooper.

Barfi credited “sources on the ground” for providing the information, including details of the capture.

“Somebody at the border crossing made a phone call to ISIS and they set up a fake checkpoint with many people and Steven and his people that he went in with could not escape,” he said.

Barfi also described relations between the Sotloff family and the Obama administration as “strained,” and railed against what he called “inaccurate statements” put out by the U.S. government.

“We know that the intelligence community and the White House are enmeshed in a larger game of bureaucratic infighting and Jim and Steve are pawns in this game and that’s not fair and if there continues to be leaks the Sotloff family will have to speak out to set the record straight,” he said.

“Jim” refers to James Foley, an American photojournalist also murdered by Islamic State militants. Islamic State is sometimes referred to as ISIS or ISIL.

Both Foley and Sotloff were beheaded by the terrorists, who released videos of the killings online.

See the full interview in the clip above.

James Foley’s mother said she was “embarrassed and appalled” with how the U.S. government had handled her son’s captivity, and detailed how they threatened prosecution if the family paid his ransom. [USA Today]

US-led attacks on the jihadis of the Islamic State (Isis) are the product of a “confused” policy that is turning a “blind eye” to the crimes of President Bashar al-Assad, the leader of Syria’s main western-backed opposition group said on Monday: here.

American imperialism and the rise of Islamic extremism in Syria and Iraq: here.

In a perfunctory speech on national television Wednesday night, US President Barack Obama announced an open-ended escalation of US military violence in the Middle East: here.

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    on IRAQ & SYRIA

    On the eve of 9/11 President Obama announced a new U.S. war of aggression. We must mobilize to oppose this new war for oil and corporate profit. Emergency response actions are urgently needed.

    Obama lied last night just like Bush and Colin Powell lied in 2003 and Lyndon Johnson did in 1964. He told us how terrible ISIS is, how barbaric. He announced a new “Coalition of the Willing”. He is using the Big Lie to launch another war.

    But ISIS is not the “reason” the U.S. is going to war. ISIS is the PRETEXT. It is the latest of a string of pretexts from the Maine in 1898 to Vietnam’s Gulf of Tonkin in 1964 to “weapons of mass destruction” in 2003, pretexts/lies to maintain an empire.
    ISIS is barbaric? It is the Pentagon that is barbaric. What are more barbaric than U.S. bombs in Syria and Iraq? U.S. drones wipe out whole wedding parties from Pakistan to Yemen, slaughtering men, women and yes, children.

    It was U.S. war and occupation that killed more than a million Iraqis and destroyed that country. It was U.S. arms that fed Syria’s civil war, killing hundreds of thousands and half-destroying that country. Now Obama wants to destroy the other half.

    ISIS grew from the poison of U.S. wars, arms and the cynical policy of enflaming sectarian divisions. Stop the Pentagon from waging war on the people and the people there will take care of ISIS. Continuing to wage war will arouse a billion people against the U.S. and its war machine.

    The Bush “War on Terror” militarized every police force in the U.S. targeting people of color. The prison population soared. It globalized invasive surveillance and locked thousands in secret detention and solitary confinement. Now Obama promises a new “war on terror” reaching years into the future. We say NO!

    The Climate Change march on Sept 21 must address this new war. It is the worst enemy of the climate and our future. The Pentagon is the greatest polluter on the planet and the greatest purveyor of violence.

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