October 3rd, 2014
10:04 PM ET

ISIS beheads British hostage; American could be next

A short video released by ISIS on Friday shows the apparent beheading of British aid worker Alan Henning, with the executioner blaming the death on the United Kingdom for joining the U.S.-led bombing campaign against the group.

Henning is the fourth Westerner beheaded in an ISIS video. Like the others, the video shows and English-speaking, masked militant waving a knife over the kneeling hostage. Henning joined an aid convoy last December and was taken hostage soon after crossing from Turkey into Syria.

Prime Minister David Cameron calling Henning's executioners "barbaric and repulsive." President Obama said the U.S. and its allies will bring the perpetrators to justice.

ISIS video claims to show beheading of Alan Henning; American threatened

The video is similar to the previous ones, with a clearly scripted statement being delivered by the victim. But unlike the previous ones, this one is shorter and is shot tightly, showing none of the surroundings.

And just like the previous videos, it ends with a threat to another hostage.

The National Security Council confirmed that Kassig is being held by ISIS.

"We will continue to use every tool at our disposal - military, diplomatic, law enforcement and intelligence - to try to bring Peter home to his family," according to agency spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden.

The American who appears at the end of the video, Kassig, is a former soldier who became an aid worker in the Middle East.
Kassig's parents, Ed and Paula, confirmed to CNN it was their son, "who was doing humanitarian work in Syria, is being held captive."

CNN's Arwa Damon profiled Kassig when he was helping wounded Syrians in Lebanon in June 2012. She's OutFront.

Filed under: Iraq • ISIS • Syria
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  1. lester murray

    ISIS is bringing decapitation into disrepute. When Amerika ripped Saddam's head off his shoulders, filmed the murder of the 70 year old unarmed man and broadcast it to the world, no one complained. Same with Black Hawk Down. Yanks went nutz over the displaying of dead Amerikans but when they shot up Saddam's sons and published trophy photos all over the world nary a peep. A few dozen black pajamas does not compare to White, predominantly Christian, crimes. If enslaving the black man, killing the red man, nuking (twice) the yellow man, exterminating the Jew man, and nailing Jesus to a tree, isn't scary then what is? When we White Christians go to war they are called World Wars. Nobody terrorizes like a bomber pilot murdering brown-skinned Muslims sleeping in their capitol cities. We exterminate races. We levelled entire cities three quarters of a century ago. We rule the world but we only kill people for OUR own good.

    October 14, 2014 at 12:26 pm | Reply

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