The reported murder of Steven Sotloff, the second US journalist to be brutally killed at the hands of Isis militants in the space of a fortnight, highlights just how dangerous and difficult a job reporters face in the region.
After coediting his student newspaper at university Sotloff went on to report for Time Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor and World Affairs Journal from conflicts in Egypt, Turkey, Bahrain, Libya and Syria.
Here are excerpts from some of the stories he filed:
“While the world is abuzz with news that 60,000 Syrians have died so far in the 22-month-old civil war, it is the roughly 3 million refugees and internally displaced persons who are suffering daily.
"At camps such as Atmeh, located less than 1,000 feet from the border with Turkey, they are struggling to survive without heat, electricity, or adequate sanitation.
"The meager rations provided by a smattering of small NGOs leave them scrounging in order to keep their hunger at bay.”
- Steven Sotloff, Foreign Policy, Syria, January 2013
"When I told my Egyptian friend Ahmad Kamal that I wanted to go to the Muslim Brotherhood protest camp in Nasser City, a pallid look gripped him. 'Don’t go there!' he pleaded.
“'They are fanatics who hate foreigners. Americans like you are in danger there.' After an hour of fruitless conversation over endless glasses of sweet tea, I rose, shook Ahmad’s hand, and headed straight to the lair where he believed I would be devoured."
- Steven Sotloff, World Affairs Journal, Egypt, 2013
Here he is speaking to Fox News, reporting live from Benghazi in Libya following a deadly attack on the US embassy (this video may not work on all devices):
This is a video from Syria, where he is ducking for cover from air strikes: