“A Message to the Allies of America” – A video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines has been released by the Islamic State.
The video, entitled “A Message to the Allies of America,” was posted Saturday to a website associated with the Islamic State. The video shows the beheading of Haines, and calls his execution “a message to the allies of America.”
The 44-year-old Haines is the third Western captive to be executed by the Islamic State, following the beheadings of Americans Steven Sotloff earlier this month and James Foley in August.
Haines, a father of two from Perth in Scotland, was kidnapped last year while working for the French agency ACTED.
The video opens with UK Prime Minister David Cameron talking about working with the Iraqi government and allied Kurdish Peshmerga forces to defeat Islamic State.
The video then shows a masked man dressed in black standing over Haines, who is shown kneeling and wearing an orange jumpsuit. Speaking with a British accent the masked man says:
This British man has to pay the price for your promise, Cameron, to arm the Peshmerga against the Islamic State.
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 and claim the role of the obedient lap dog.
Cameron will only drag you and your people into another bloody and unwinnable war.
The video then shows the beheading of a kneeling man believed to be David Haines.The video is produced in a similar fashion to the videos that showed the executions of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.
In a tweet, British Prime Minister David Cameron called “the murder of David Haines” an “act of pure evil.”
Cameron added, “We will do everything in our power to hunt down these murderers and ensure they face justice, however long it takes.”
We will do everything in our power to hunt down these murderers and ensure they face justice, however long it takes.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) September 13, 2014
Haines was working for a French aid agency when he was kidnapped in Syria in March 2013.
Before being kidnapped Haines worked to help co-ordinate the delivery of clean water, food, and tents, in order to ease the growing humanitarian crisis in refugee camps near Atmeh, a town in northern Idlib province, near the Syrian border with Turkey.
Previously Haines had worked for a German charity carrying out reconstruction work in post-war Croatia.
Haines was a humanitarian, and made his career working for international aid agencies in some of the most dangerous places in the world.