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Sotloff's family issues message of defiance in face of tragedy

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Steven Sotloff's killing was done in violation of the laws of Islam, his family's spokesman said. (Source: Facebook/CNN) Steven Sotloff's killing was done in violation of the laws of Islam, his family's spokesman said. (Source: Facebook/CNN)
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(CNN) - Going beyond words of love and grief for their son, the family of Steven Sotloff delivered a message.

"We will not allow our enemies to hold us hostage with the sole weapons they possess, fear," Barak Barfi, Sotloff family spokesman, said.

Speaking directly to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Barfi cited passages from the Quran, accusing the ISIS leader of committing great sin and violating the tenets of Islam by killing Sotloff.

President Barack Obama had his own message, insisting the strategy for ISIS would be to degrade and to destroy the group that has been spreading so much terror in Iraq and in Syria.

"It is our responsibility - the president, the vice president, mine, all of us - to do everything we can to stop this now because it won't just recede into the grey recesses of history until we stop it," Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said.

Analysts say it's a problem that has to be handled internationally.

"You would hope that our Arab friends in the Gulf would participate in a very meaningful way," Gen. Richard Myers, Former Joint Chiefs Chairman, said. "ISIS is as much a threat to them as it is to Iraq as it is to the people in Syria."

The Obama administration also wants support from NATO. The president is sure to seek it at the summit in Wales on Thursday - but ISIS is just one issue leaders will discuss and not necessarily the most pressing one for member countries in Eastern Europe.

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