Islamic State appears to behead British hostage in video

The Islamic State released their latest video Saturday, depicting the beheading of British hostage David Haines.

By Fred Lambert

MOSUL, Iraq, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Islamic State militants released a video Saturday that they say depicts the beheading of British aid worker David Haines.

Much like the past two videos of the beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, Haines appeared in an orange jump suit, on his knees before a black-masked militant. "My name is David Cawthorne Haines. I would like to declare that I hold you, David Cameron, entirely responsible for my execution," Haines said in the video, which was posted to Twitter on Saturday, according to the SITE Intelligence Group. "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 for the price for our parliament's selfish decisions."


The videos depicting the beheading of Foley and Sotloff featured similar indictments of Western actions against IS forces, as spoken by the victims.


The latest video appears to also feature the same black-clad executioner from the previous videos, who speaks with a British accent.

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"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 drag you and your people into another bloody and unwinnable war," the man said, before revealing another British hostage, Alan Henning, and threatening his execution if actions against IS forces persist.

British Prime Minister David Cameron came out on Twitter to condemn the killing of Haines, 44, as "an act of pure evil," and to say that justice will be served:

Haines' family tried contacting IS militants through the British Foreign Office earlier this week, asking for a reply to their messages.

The White House released a statement condemning Haines' execution and promising that the United States "stands shoulder to shoulder tonight with our close friend and ally in grief and resolve."

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Scottish-born Haines was captured in Syria in March 2013. He is a father of two.

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