A new video from the Islamic State has emerged claiming to show the beheading of British man David Haines and also allegedly threatens America and her allies for actions in the Middle East.
The Islamic State jihadist group claimed it executed British aid worker David Haines, in retaliation for British leader David Cameron entering a coalition with the United States against the militants.
The video is directed towards Cameron, with the executioner warning: “For being a lapdog, Cameron, you will drag your people into another bloody and unwinnable war.”
“You followed Americans into Iraq, following the trend of British Prime Ministers who cannot find the courage to say no to Americans,” the executioner, speaking in a British accent, allegedly says.
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If confirmed, this would be the third such execution in recent weeks, after two US journalists taken hostage in Syria were shown murdered.
The video entitled, "A Message to the Allies of America," opened with UK Prime Minister David Cameron talking about working with the Iraqi government and allied Kurdish Peshmerga forces to defeat Islamic State.
"This British man has to pay the price for your promise, Cameron, to arm the Peshmerga against the Islamic State," said a masked man dressed in black with a British accent, standing over Haines, who was shown kneeling and wearing an orange jumpsuit.
The video then showed the beheading of the kneeling man.
At the end of the video, another hostage was shown and the masked man said he would be killed if Cameron continues to support the fight against Islamic State.
In Washington, White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said she had no comment on the video and referred queries to the British government.
In the video, Haines also spoke, saying Cameron was responsible for his execution. "You entered voluntarily into a coalition with the United States against the Islamic State, just as you're predecessor, Tony Blair, did," he said.
"Following a trend amongst our British Prime Ministers who can't find the courage to say no to the Americans. Unfortunately, it is we, the British public, that will in the end pay the price for our Parliament's selfish decisions."
Foley and Sotloff made similar speeches to US President Barack Obama which have been dismissed as scripted by Islamic State and delivered under duress.
The purported executioner appeared to be the same British-accented man who appeared in videos with Foley and Sotloff, and it showed a similar desert setting. In both videos, the captives wore orange jumpsuits.
“Unfortunately, it is we the British public, that in the end that will pay the price for our parliaments selfish decisions.”, the alleged killer says.
“This British man has to pay the price for your promise, Cameron”.
“Ironically, he has spent a decade of his life serving under the same Royal Air Force that is responsible for delivering those arms. Your evil alliance with America which continues to strike the Muslims of Iraq and most recently bombed the Haditha Dam will only accelerate your destruction.”
British PM David Cameron has responded to the news on Twitter vowing "justice, however long it takes".
The video ends with yet another threat, against Alan Henning, another alleged British captive.
The United States resumed air strikes in Iraq in August for the first time since the withdrawal of the final US troops from the country in 2011.
The raids followed major gains by Islamic State, which has declared an Islamic Caliphate in areas it controls in Syria and Iraq.
Obama is now calling for a coalition of Western and Middle Eastern countries to fight Islamic State and has said the U.S. intends to bomb Islamic State positions in Syria.
Britain has delivered humanitarian aid, carried out surveillance, given weapons to Kurds and promised training in Iraq. On military action, Britain supports US air strikes and Cameron has repeatedly said Britain itself has ruled nothing out except combat troops on the ground.
Haines' family appealed yesterday to his captors to respond to their messages.
"We are the family of David Haines," relatives said in a statement released by Britain's Foreign Office.
"We have sent messages to you to which we have not received a reply. We are asking those holding David to make contact with us."
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