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Joe Biden On The Islamic State: 'We Will Follow Them To The Gates Of Hell'

Vice President Joe Biden issued a strong statement on the Islamic State, the militant group formerly known as ISIS, saying the U.S. "will follow them to the gates of Hell."

Giving a Monday speech at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine, Biden began his remarks by remembering journalist Steven Sotloff, who was beheaded by a member of the Islamic State. A video of Sotloff's killing was released Tuesday, just weeks after video emerged of a member of the group executing journalist James Foley.

"When these barbarians replicated with Steven what they did with Foley... they somehow think that it's going to lessen U.S. resolve, frighten us, intimidate us," Biden said, noting "they don't know us very well" and mentioning how the U.S. "came back" after 9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombings.

“Today, the American people may be grieving... but the American people are so much stronger, so much more resolved than any enemy can fully understand,” Biden said. “As a nation we are united and when people harm Americans we don’t retreat, we don’t forget. We take care of those who are grieving and when that’s finished, they should know we will follow them to the gates of hell until they are brought to justice because hell is where they will reside. Hell is where they will reside."

Watch a clip of Biden's comments above.

(h/t CNN, WMUR)

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BEFORE YOU GO

  • 1 He was part of a group of four Brits called 'The Beatles' based in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa
    A former hostage, who was held for a year in the Syrian town of Raqqa, <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/20/
    A former hostage, who was held for a year in the Syrian town of Raqqa, has told the Guardian that the killer was the ringleader of a trio of UK-born extremists the captives nicknamed "The Beatles" because of their nationality.
  • 2 He was the ringleader, and in charge of guarding foreign hostages
    The masked killer who murdered Foley is known as 'John' to the group.
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    The masked killer who murdered Foley is known as 'John' to the group.
  • 3 He is left-handed
    Only 10% of the world's population are left-handed. All of the information from the video will be analysed rigorously by inte
    Only 10% of the world's population are left-handed. All of the information from the video will be analysed rigorously by intelligence services, including the way he holds his weapon, his height, body movement and intonation. MI5 have a database of Brits they believe have travelled to Syria, and they will be comparing what they know about each one, the Telegraph reported.
  • 4 He is probably from south London but could have family links to Afghanistan
    Dr Claire Hardaker, a linguistics experts at Lancaster University, has told several media outlets that the man's vowels marke
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    Dr Claire Hardaker, a linguistics experts at Lancaster University, has told several media outlets that the man's vowels marked him out as likely from the south-east of England, but most likely from London. Elizabeth McClelland, a forensic voice and speech analyst, told the Telegraph the accent has "possible influences of Farsi, which could suggest a family link to Afghanistan".
  • 5 He was probably chosen for the job because his British accent would be more sinister for Western viewers of the video
    "This is significant because it signifies a turn towards threatening the west. They are saying we're going to come after you
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    "This is significant because it signifies a turn towards threatening the west. They are saying we're going to come after you if you bomb us," Prof Peter Neumann, director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, at King's College London told the Guardian.
  • 6 He emailed the Foley family, furious about the US airstrikes, informing them he would kill their son
    Foley's family had been emailed by ISIS as early as last Wednesday and were informed that the terror group intended to execut
    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Foley's family had been emailed by ISIS as early as last Wednesday and were informed that the terror group intended to execute the reporter in retaliation for US air strikes against Isis targets in northern Iraq. GlobalPost chief executive, Philip Balboni said that ISIS "made no demands", just informed the family the execution was going to take place. They tried to engage him in conversation, but to no avail, because the jihadist was fuelled by "seething anger".
  • 7 He had previously wanted a ransom to spare Foley's life, but the US government did not pay
    According to the New York Times who spoke to a family representative and a captive held alognside Foley, ISIS demanded the Un
    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    According to the New York Times who spoke to a family representative and a captive held alognside Foley, ISIS demanded the United States to provide a $100 million ransom ransom for Foley's life, but unlike several other European countries who did pay out, the US refused.
  • 8 He was the main negotiator in the release of 11 IS hostages earlier this year
    Almost a dozen hostages, some held for over six months, were handed to Turkish officials. They included two Spanish journalis
    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Almost a dozen hostages, some held for over six months, were handed to Turkish officials. They included two Spanish journalists, one pictured here, Javier Espinosa.
  • 9 The militants foiled an attempted rescue by US Special Ops
    US President Barack Obama sent troops to Syria this summer to rescue a number of Americans being held hostage, including Fole
    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    US President Barack Obama sent troops to Syria this summer to rescue a number of Americans being held hostage, including Foley, senior administration officials said. Several dozen special operations troops who were dropped by aircraft into Syria did not find them and engaged in a firefight with IS militants before departing.
  • 10 The killer treated Foley differently and more harshly that other hostages
    French journalist Nicolas Henin spent seven months in captivity with Foley, including a week where they were handcuffed toget
    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    French journalist Nicolas Henin spent seven months in captivity with Foley, including a week where they were handcuffed together, telling the BBC Foley was treated as "some kind of scapegoat" and was beaten more frequently. "Some countries like America but also like the UK do not negotiate and, well, they put their people at risk," he said.