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A mother appeals for her son's life as fears mount for Syria hostages

Published on Aug 28, 2014 2:09 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The mother of a US hostage who has been threatened with death by jihadist militants pleaded for his life on Wednesday amid mounting fears for Americans captured in Syria.

Last week's murder of journalist James Foley by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) has focused attention on other American hostages, including 31-year-old freelancer Steven Sotloff.

Another US journalist, Mr Peter Theo Curtis, returned home on Tuesday after nearly two years captivity, but US media reported the Islamic State is still holding a 26-year-old female aid worker who has yet to be publicly identified.

The masked militant seen beheading Mr Foley in a video released by the group also threatened to kill Mr Sotloff unless US President Barack Obama orders a halt to air strikes against the group.

Shirley Sotloff, the mother of American journalist Steven Sotloff who is being held by Islamic rebels in Syria, makes a direct appeal to his captors to release him in this still image from a video released on Aug 26, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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