The reward would include details on anyone involved in “committing, conspiring or attempting to commit, or aiding or abetting in the commission of the kidnapping and murder” of the journalists.
Foley and Sotloff were both beheaded by the militant Islamic State group while reporting as freelancers in Syria. The violent killings were recorded on video and released to the public, but the killer was unable to be identified. Both videos appeared to show the same masked jihadi, who is thought to be British, with his entire body dressed in black.
“James Foley and Steven Sotloff nobly risked their lives in the pursuit of truth, and the United States will not stand idly by after two of its own were brutally murdered at the hands of fundamentally evil and freedom-hating extremists,” Rubio said.
Alongside Rubio were Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.). The Hill noted on Monday that the Rewards for Justice Program is currently the major US program in place against international terrorism. Thus far, the program has rewarded more than $125 million to sources who helped prevent or solve acts of terrorism since its founding in 1984.
British and American intelligence officials have said that they are getting closer to identifying the killer, and on Monday, authorities said that they could unveil his identity “within days.”