ISIS Executes David Haines, Alan Henning Next

ISIS, through Al Furqan Media, has released a video, Message to Allies of America, in which British hostage David Cawthorne Haines meets the same fate as James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

The same black-clad killer narrates. Instead of being addressed to President Obama, the video is addressed to British prime minister David Cameron. The location is a similar desert spot. The killer again has his gun holster on the left side and uses his left hand to hold the knife and put it to Haines' neck. It then shows Haines' head laying on his body. In the next frame, the killer is holding an orange clad British hostage named Alan Henning, who he says will be next.

He says the action is a result of Cameron's arming the Peshmerga. Later he mentions the recent U.S. bombing of the Haditha Dam, which the Defense Department announced on September 7.[More...]

"Ironically this man has spent a decade of his life under the same Royal Air Force that is responsible for the delivery of those arms." He then says "Your evil allies of America, which continues to strike the Muslims in Iraq, and most recently bombed the Haditha Dam, will only accelerate your destruction. And playing the role of media lap dog, Cameron, will only drag you and your people into another bloody unwinnable war."

When he shows Henning, he tells Cameron that if he persists in fighting the Islamic state, he will have the blood of his people on his hands.

According to Syrians on Twitter, Henning is an British Aid worker who went to Idlib. He may have been kidnapped in Al Dana. Al Dana housed a prison in the basement of ISIS headquarters. Dozens were freed from it in January, 2014 when Syrian rebels took control. According to this article, "“Prisoners include opposition fighters and activists held by ISIS, and those freed did not include the kidnapped Christian bishop or foreign journalists.”

Based on the references to the recent Haditha Dam bombing, it appears this video was made after Sept. 7.

Please don't put links to the video in comments. It's readily findable, although not on You Tube.

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    Of course this is your blog, Jeralyn, (2.00 / 1) (#1)
    by oculus on Sat Sep 13, 2014 at 07:49:57 PM EST
    and you may choose any subject you like. But, I would prefer not to read about these barbaric murders here.

    So Don't Read! (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by squeaky on Sat Sep 13, 2014 at 07:55:16 PM EST
    Odd that you feel compelled to either read what you do not want to read.... or complain.

    It is difficult to avoid (1.00 / 1) (#5)
    by oculus on Sat Sep 13, 2014 at 07:58:22 PM EST
    reading the headline bt

    I have to agree (none / 0) (#6)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Sep 13, 2014 at 08:02:07 PM EST
    Plus I appreciate the reporting on this subject.  I don't always agree with the conclusions but it always interesting.

    Plenty of other things to read if it bothers you.  


    Oculus, if you want to ignore it (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Sep 14, 2014 at 01:25:56 AM EST
    just scroll on by. It's huge news and its important. There are a lot of issues, from whether ransoms should be paid to how to lessen the allure of ISIS to whether we will end up in a huge war. I'm surprised you aren't interested, but as you say, it's my blog. I don't link to violent videos, I don't post graphic photos of the dead. There's nothing here anyone should find offensive.

    At times like these, I confess, Oculus, (1.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Mr Natural on Sat Sep 13, 2014 at 07:57:35 PM EST
    to having very illiberal thoughts.

    This reminds me (none / 0) (#18)
    by Mordiggian 88 on Tue Sep 16, 2014 at 03:49:07 AM EST
    Of the Annie Hall line about the food being bad, and in such small portions.

    i guess there are two messages here: (none / 0) (#3)
    by cpinva on Sat Sep 13, 2014 at 07:56:43 PM EST
    1. don't go to the middle-east, unless you're forced to.

    2. apparently those bombing runs are having an affect, so keep doing them.

    FWIW, back in the 80's, (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by NYShooter on Sat Sep 13, 2014 at 08:54:38 PM EST
    during Reagan's administration, you may remember, there were a slew of hostage takings in Lebanon, and, the M.E.  The Islamists even captured, tortured, and, killed William Francis Buckley, CIA station chief in Beirut from 1984/85. In spite of our, "no negotiating with terrorists," policy many were traded for cash and/or arms.

    The Soviet Union was, mostly, exempt from the hostage taking. However, eventually, one of the terrorist groups got bold, and, captured a soviet diplomat. Putin, at that time, was head of the KGB. Instead of negotiating, he had his agents capture the daughter of the head hostage taker. The next day different appendages of the young girl started being delivered to the terrorist's home/headquarters, an arm one day, a leg, the next.
    The Soviet diplomat was released the following day, and, not a single Soviet representative was taken hostage for the remainder of Reagan's time in office.

    It's not our style, but, the Russians don't have the same inhibitions.

    25 million Russians killed by Hitler had a lasting, realistic effect on the Russians. "There are some very bad people out there."


    David Haines was an aid worker (none / 0) (#8)
    by Politalkix on Sat Sep 13, 2014 at 09:13:15 PM EST
    David Haines was an aid worker.
    These psychopaths are beheading aid workers. I think some women aid workers are also being held hostage.

    Our killers went after nuns back in the day (5.00 / 2) (#10)
    by Dadler on Sat Sep 13, 2014 at 10:01:09 PM EST
    El Salvador, 1980s. We trained those killers and armed and abetted them. Our own military has had many of its own psychopaths, too. And psychopathic crimes. This is why our inability to hold our psychopaths accountable, our most powerful ones especially, leaves us pitifully incapable of taking any moral ground that isn't polluted with our own inexcusable hypocrisy and freedom-loathing lack of political imagination.

    Look, Dadler (4.00 / 3) (#11)
    by Politalkix on Sat Sep 13, 2014 at 10:15:25 PM EST
    Most people in this blog (other than ppj and a few others), including myself, have been critical of CIA action in El Salvador and many other Central and South American countries during the cold war.

    However, it is difficult to believe that any "political imagination" that you speak of is going to work against ISIS. This is the reason I emphasized "aid workers". These people left the comforts of their homes in western countries and went to Syria to help Muslims (mainly) displaced by Muslims fighting Muslims. They showed plenty of "imagination" and compassion and got beheaded at the end.  


    And in Guatemala (none / 0) (#15)
    by MKS on Sun Sep 14, 2014 at 01:42:25 AM EST
    The School of the Americas taught Latin American officers abduction and interrogation techniques....

    Yes, there are many, many (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by christinep on Sun Sep 14, 2014 at 07:16:38 PM EST
    grievous faults committed by us and others in years past.  Here and now: We are talking about ISIS, we are talking about a demonstrated and very real brutality here and now.  And--I'm sorry--there have been grievous wrongs by many countries in the past.  So ... I won't demean your comment by saying that other drivers were speeding too, sir ....  I won't assume that previous wrongs over the millennia in any way would make you feel that the growing brutality exhibited by ISIS is somehow ameliorated in perspective???

    My point was narrow: (none / 0) (#20)
    by MKS on Tue Sep 16, 2014 at 11:02:38 AM EST
    That when we talk about atrocities in Central America, we need to talk about Guatemala.  It seems to be the forgotten country.  But what happened there, without much publicity, is far worse and widespread than what happened in Nicaragua and El Salvador, and yet those countries get most of the publicity.

    I was not accepting Dadler's broader point.


    And? (none / 0) (#9)
    by FactHunt on Sat Sep 13, 2014 at 09:31:02 PM EST
    What difference does it make that they are aid workers?