URGENT Video: ISIS beheads UK aid worker David Haines

ISIS-1-David-Haines-2014-9-13( WARNING CONTAINS GRAPHIC VIDEO AND IMAGES BELOW. The terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS, released a video on Saturday titled “A Message to the Allies of America,” showing the beheading of British aid worker David Cawthorne Haines. Haines is seen kneeling on a bare hill in a landscape that appears identical to where two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, were also beheaded. Some US officials believe that the Sotloff, Foley and Haines beheadings may have been carried out at the same time and released weeks apart to increase their impact.

Haines, who was 44, was kidnapped last year while working for French humanitarian aid agency ACTED in Syria in March 2013. He had been in Syria for just three days when he was kidnapped, reportedly by a rebel group who later sold him to ISIS.

In the moments before his death, Mr. Haines, 44, like the two journalists killed before him, reads a script in which he blames his country’s leaders for his killing.


“My name is David Cawthorne Haines. I would like to declare that I hold you, David Cameron, entirely responsible for my execution. You entered voluntarily into a coalition with the United States against the Islamic State, just as your predecessor Tony Blair did, following a trend amongst our British prime ministers who can’t find the courage to say no to the Americans. Unfortunately, it is we, the British public that, in the end, will pay the price for our Parliament’s selfish decisions.”

The masked Islamic State militant with British accent known an “Jihadi John” criticized the UK’s “evil alliance with America”, calling the Prime Minister an “obedient lapdog”.

“This British man has to pay the price for your promise, Cameron, to arm the peshmerga against the Islamic State. Ironically, he has spent a decade of his life serving under the same Royal Air Force responsible for delivering those arms. Your evil alliance with America which continues to strike the Muslims of Iraq and most recently bombed the Haditha Dam, will only accelerate your destruction, and playing the role of the obedient lapdog, Cameron, will only draw you and your people into another bloody and un-winnable war.”




The end of the video shows the militant placing his hand on another captive, identified as British citizen Alan Henning, and saying, “If you, [David] Cameron, persist in fighting the Islamic State, then you, like your master Obama, will have the blood of your people on your hands.”


Middle Eastern journalist Harald Doornbos provided some information about Henning from a Syrian ex-prisoner source, tweeting that he is an aid worker from the Manchester-area who was working for a Muslim NGO in the UK. Henning stayed one night in an Ad-Dana prison after being kidnapped, before he was moved to Raqqa.

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