& # 39; It's just like Jihadi John – he's dead, but that won't bring my son back & # 39 ;: parents of Steven Sotloff who was beheaded by militant ISIS speak out after the death of ISIS leader al-Bagdadi
- The American journalist Steven Sotloff was beheaded by ISIS in Syria in 2014
- He was murdered on camera by the ISIS militant known as Jihadi John, who was killed about a year later in an American drone attack
- Sotloff & # 39; s parents Shirley and Arthur spoke after news about the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdad in an American raid on Saturday
- They said that while they are happy that he is dead, it will not bring their son back
- His parents acknowledged that they felt the same way when Jihadi John was killed
The parents of the American journalist Steven Sotloff who has been beheaded by ISIS say that they are happy that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was murdered, but that this will not bring their son back.
Sotloff, a 31-year-old freelance journalist who was held hostage in Syria in 2013, was murdered on camera the following year by the ISIS militant who was notoriously known as Jihadi John.
The same Jihadi was killed about a year later in an American drone attack.
After news of the death of Baghdad at the hands of American troops, Sotloff & # 39; s parents told Shirley and Arthur ABC news that while it was a victory, it did nothing to take away the pain of the murder of their son.
Shirley and Arthur Sotloff, parents of the American journalist Steven Sotloff, who was beheaded by ISIS, say they are happy that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was murdered, but it will not bring their son back
& # 39; We are happy that (Baghdadi) is gone, & # 39; said Shirley.
& # 39; It's just like Jihadi John. He was murdered, but it still doesn't bring my son back. & # 39;
The parents revealed that they had been notified by the FBI just before the attack on the Syrian compound of Baghdad, but had not received specific details about what it was about or who it was targeted at.
They received a phone call from Trump shortly after they saw news reports of the death of Baghdad.
The Sotloffs said that President Trump said he knew that Steven was smiling at heaven knowing that the ISIS leader was dead.
In a press conference outside their home in Florida later on Sunday, Shirley read a statement on behalf of the family about the death of the ISIS leader.
Sotloff, a 31-year-old freelance journalist who was held hostage in Syria in 2013, was murdered the following year by the ISIS militant, notoriously known as Jihadi John
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (above) blew himself up after being cornered by American forces in a dead-end underground tunnel in his Syrian compound
& # 39; The Sotloff family is grateful to President Trump, our brave American special forces and all involved secret allies for designating and eliminating ISIS leader al-Baghdadi without suffering American military casualties, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; Although the victory will not bring our beloved son Steven back, it is an important step in the campaign against ISIS. & # 39;
Sotloff belonged to a group of about 20 Westerners who were simultaneously held hostage and tortured by ISIS militants.
ISIS beheaded a total of seven American, British and Japanese journalists and aid workers, as well as a group of Syrian soldiers. Sotloff was one of them.
The daring raid on the compound where Baghdadi had hid in Syria on Saturday was the culmination of years of steady gathering of intelligence – and 48 hours of hasty planning as soon as Washington was notified where he would be.
The daring raid on the compound (above) where Baghdadi hid in Syria was the culmination of years of steady gathering of intelligence – and 48 hours of hasty planning as soon as Washington was notified where he would be
Al-Baghdadi, the leader of the so-called Islamic Caliphate, blew himself up during the targeted attack on his army in the province of Idlib in Syria in the early hours of Sunday morning. His army was in a village known for smuggling and arrived 48 hours before the raid
Trump saw the robbery in real time from the Situation Room via a video link while troops shot into the hiding place and the most wanted militant sent the final steps of his life.
Trump said soldiers shot a hole in the side of a building because they feared the entrance might have been jammed with booby traps.
Baghdadi fled into a network of underground bunkers and tunnels that crept through the compound.
The sturdy, bearded militant leader wore a suicide jacket and dragged three children along while he fled from the American troops.
Trump, happy to play the drama, said that as American troops and their dogs approached, the militant & whimpering and crying and screaming all the way & # 39; went to his death.
& # 39; He reached the end of the tunnel while our dogs were chasing him, & # 39; said Trump. & # 39; He has lit his vest and killed himself and the three children. & # 39;
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