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  1. Hostage’s Mom Begs Islamists for Son’s Release 

    She could rely on diplomacy or ask brutal killers for mercy. Heartsick Miami mom Shirley Sotloff opted to plead for her son Steven’s life in a video directed at Islamic State’s head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. “I ask you to use your authority to spare his life,” she said, playing to the “caliph’s” ego in what terror experts have called a brilliant move. The IS executioner of James Foley threatened to kill Steven Sotloff if the U.S. didn’t halt airstrikes in Iraq.

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