ISIS Beheads Alan Henning, Says American Aid Worker is Next

ISIS, through al Furqan Media, released a video of the beheading of British aid worker Alan Henning. The same black-clad executioner in the Foley, Sotloff and Haines videos appears with him. (Not a link to video, just to article describing it.)

The videos seem to be getting shorter. This one is only 1 minute and 11 seconds, and the first 30 seconds or so is a tv reporter announcing Britain's intent to conduct air strikes.

The video ends with American Peter Kassig, a former Army Ranger and aid worker in Lebanon, in the kneeling position and clad in orange. The killer says he is next. He says to Obama, since he keeps striking ISIS with airstrikes, ISIS will strike the necks of "your people." Here is a 2013 interview of Kassig by Time Magazine. CNN published this article in Kassig in 2012. From an article published in Sept. 2013:

SERA was founded in late 2012 by Peter Kassig, a 24-year-old Army Ranger and Indiana native who returned from Iraq intent on mitigating the carnage of war. Kassig, who’s an EMT, lives with Eliot in Gaziantep and frequently forays into war-torn Syrian towns like Deir Ezzor to lead training sessions, distribute supplies, and provide basic medical care.


Kassig's family says he was kidnapped on October 1, 2013 but they kept quiet at the request of the kidnappers because they were trying to secure his release.

Kassig's family also says he converted to Islam after his capture and now uses the name "Abdul-Rahman Kassig." There have been similar reports that John Foley and John Cantlie also converted to Islam.

Henning may have been killed on Sept. 20, when people in Raqqa reported seeing hostages going to the desert. It may just have decided to release the video today. From my ppost on Sept. 23:

There were reports from anti-ISIS activists in Raqqa this weekend that ISIS had taken a hostage to the desert. They saw the caravan of cars and trucks, just not who was inside or whether he was actually killed.

President Obama today:

Standing together with our UK friends and allies, we will work to bring the perpetrators of Alan's murder - as well as the murders of Jim Foley, Steven Sotloff and David Haines - to justice. Standing together with a broad coalition of allies and partners, we will continue taking decisive action to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL."

Please don't post links to the video in comments.

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    These guys (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Jack203 on Sat Oct 04, 2014 at 08:41:58 AM EST
    make me miss Saddam.

    Well done neocons.  Well done.

    The more we meddle, the worse it is for us and them.

    FWIW, they'll run out of hostages... (none / 0) (#1)
    by Mr Natural on Fri Oct 03, 2014 at 06:24:39 PM EST
    ... before we run out of bombs.

    They can keep snatching hostages. (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by oculus on Sat Oct 04, 2014 at 01:12:06 AM EST
    Doesn't seem very media-savvy to execute aid workers.  Helpers, not bombers.