August 27th, 2014
09:50 PM ET

Rep. Schiff: ISIS is a "near-term threat" to U.S.

The mother of an American captured by ISIS is making a heartfelt plea to the terrorists to spare her son's life.

Steven Sotloff disappeared in Syria last summer, but he recently resurfaced in the ISIS video that showed the gruesome beheading of fellow journalist James Foley. The executioner vowed to kill Sotloff, too, if U.S. airstrikes did not stop.

Sotloff's mother appealed directly to the leader of ISIS Wednesday.

"Since Stephen's capture I've learned a lot about Islam. I've learned that Islam teaches that no individual should be held responsible for the sins of others," Shirley Sotloff said in the rare public appeal. "Stephen has no control over the actions of the U.S. government. He's an innocent journalist. I've always learned that you the Caliph can grant amnesty. I ask you to please release my child."

As that mother begs for her son's life, the White House is considering airstrikes against the ISIS terrorists in Syria holding her son.

OutFront: Congressman Adam Schiff, a senior member of the House Intelligence Committee.

Filed under: International • Iraq • ISIS • Syria
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