Militants from the Islamic State, also referred to as ISIS or ISIL, have beheaded another hostage with threats of performing another execution. British aid worker Alan Henning was the latest victim of the terrorist group in retaliation to American and allied forces airstrikes, and threaten to repeat the ghastly act.
Over the weekend, video of Henning’s beheading surfaced with images of a British reporter broadcasting the Parliament’s approving airstrikes in Syria where many Islamic State fighters have occupied. As seen in times past, the ISIS soldier reportedly sported a British accent while Henning delivered a grim message ahead of his death.
New York Magazine’s Daily Intelligencer reports:
“Because of our parliament’s decision to attack the Islamic State, I, as a member of the British public, will now pay the price for that decision,” Henning says in an unusually short statement.
ISIS’s threats against Henning came under widespread criticism, especially after reports that he had been cleared of espionage charges by an ISIS-founded sharia court. A British Imam known for being a supporter of ISIS, Abdullah el-Faisal was among those who spoke up for Henning, saying that the 44-year-old was a “sympathizer to Muslims.”
His wife, Barbara, pleaded for his release earlier this week. “We are at a loss why those leading Islamic State cannot open their hearts and minds to the truth about Alan’s humanitarian motives for going to Syria and why they continue to ignore the verdict of their own justice system,” she said. “Surely those who wish to be seen as a state will act in a statesmanlike way by showing mercy and providing clemency.”
Henning’s death follows the beheading of another British hostage, David Haines. At the end of the latest video, Peter Kassig, reportedly a former U.S. Army Ranger in his 20s, was mentioned as the Islamic State’s next example with a message tailored for President Barack Obama.