Istanbul, Turkey – On Sunday, a video appeared online showing the beheading of the British hostage David Haines by extremists of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS).
Haines, 44, was kidnapped last year as he delivered humanitarian aid in Syria.
In a similar scenario to the cases of James Foley and Steven Sotloff, a fluently English speaking veiled man, with a knife in the left hand, appeared in the video delivering a message to the West, mainly to the British Prime Minister David Cameron this time.
“This British citizen will pay dues for your decision to arm the Peshmerga forces,” the IS militant, who has become known as ‘Jihadi John’, said in the video.
“The recent bombardment of Haditha Dam -carried out by American air forces to back up Peshmerga on the ground- will motivate us to destroy you quickly,” the veiled IS militant said.
British Prime Minister, David Cameron, and U.S. President, Barack Obama, condemned the incident and promised to capture the perpetrators.
“It is a horrible crime against an innocent relief worker,” said Cameron. “We will prosecute those criminals before justice no matter how long that will take.”
British Ministry of Foreign Affairs pointed out that it had started investigating the video tape.
In the meantime, a statement issued by Obama’s office said: “U.S. stands beside its close ally in this time of grief.”
Obama expressed his sympathy with Haines’ family and the UK, saying: “We will work with the UK and a broad coalition of countries from the Middle East and the world to demolish IS.”
If the video is proven real, this would be the third execution IS carried out in a month, in which two American journalists, James Foley and Stephen Sotloff, were already beheaded by IS extremists.
These incidents urged the United States, as well as its Arab and western allies, to build a coalition and fight the growing danger of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS/ISIL).
Reporting by: Mohammed al-Nasir
Source: ARA News
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