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ISIS Releases Video of Hostage Beheading ; Aid Worker from Britain Is 3rd Foreign Captive Executed by Militants

Newspaper article International New York Times

ISIS Releases Video of Hostage Beheading ; Aid Worker from Britain Is 3rd Foreign Captive Executed by Militants

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A video released by the group shows an aid worker kneeling in a desert landscape that looks identical to where two American journalists were killed by the group in the past month.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has released a video of the third beheading of a foreign hostage, a British aid worker. The execution was a clear message to Britain, a vital ally of the United States as it builds an international coalition to target the militant group, which has made stunning advances across Syria and northern Iraq in recent months.

The video released Saturday shows the aid worker, David Cawthorne Haines, kneeling on a bare hill, in a landscape that appears identical to where two American journalists were killed by the group in back-to-back-executions in the past month. In the moments before his death, the 44-year-old Mr. Haines was forced to read a script, in which he blamed his country's leaders for his killing.

"I would like to declare that I hold you, David Cameron, entirely responsible for my execution," he said. "You entered voluntarily into a coalition with the United States against the Islamic State." He added, "Unfortunately, it is we, the British public, that in the end will pay the price for our Parliament's selfish decisions."

The video ends with the black-clad executioner, who was speaking in English with what sounded like a British accent, identifying the group's next victim as Alan Henning, another British citizen. SITE Intelligence, which tracks jihadist groups, said the executioner appeared to be the same man who killed the American hostages.

President Obama, in a statement released Saturday, said the United States strongly condemned "the barbaric murder" of Mr. Haines. "We will work with the United Kingdom and a broad coalition of nations from the region and around the world to bring the perpetrators of this outrageous act to justice," he said.

The beheading of Mr. Haines puts pressure on the government of Prime Minister Cameron of Britain, a member of a "core coalition" of nations announced as NATO leaders met in Wales this month and sought to devise a strategy to address the growing threat from ISIS, including plans to strengthen allies in Iraq and Syria and conduct airstrikes against the militants. …

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