Paying money to terrorists helps fund their activities and can lead to more kidnappings. However if it was your loved one held captive you would want them released no matter what the cost.
UK PM David Cameron is due to make a statement following today’s beheading footage. This time the next victim being threatened with execution is a British man.
CBS reports Tuesday "The extremist group [IS] called it retribution for continued U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The footage - depicting what the U.S. called a sickening act of brutality - was posted two weeks after the release of video showing the killing of James Foley".
The authenticity of this latest video is still being checked. It has echoes of and similarities with the James Foley beheading video. BBC News reports the footage titled "A second message to America", is about two-and-a-half minutes long and was apparently recorded in a desert".
David Cameron called this latest video "despicable and disgusting".
Mr Soltoff, like Foley, was abducted in Syria, but in his case that happened in 2013.
The ISIS executioner nicknamed 'Jihadi John' carried out the execution before holding up a British man kneeling in an orange jumpsuit and warning Cameron, he is next.
America has confirmed that there are possibly a 'few' other US hostages.
In the House of Commons Monday Cameron announced a raft of new counter terrorist measures the government want to usher in but some were dead in the water immediately.
Foley and Soltoff both spoke calmly a speech written by their captors before they died.
Updates as available.