Mother of American Hostage Pleads With ISIS ‘Caliph’ for Mercy

Shirley Sotloff asks terror leader to "release [her] child."

“As a mother, I ask you justice be merciful and not [to] punish my son for matters he has no control over,” Shirley Sotloff says, speaking directly to the camera in the new video and addressing ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as the “caliph.” “I ask you to use your authority to spare his life.”

“I want what every mother wants, to live to see their children’s children. I plead with you to grant me this,” Shirley Sotloff says. The new video appeared today on the Middle Eastern news outlet Al Arabiya and was obtained by ABC News.

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“The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision,” the masked man says, holding Sotloff by the collar of his shirt.

Despite the shocking video and strongly-worded message from Sotloff’s captors, the U.S. has not yet halted the air strikes.

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