CAIRO: The Islamic State (IS) militant group in Iraq and Syria released video footage of the apparent beheading of British aid worker David Cawthorne Haines, and said the execution was due to the U.K.’s role in a global war against the militants.
The video, titled “A Message to the Allies of America,” starts with a speech made by British Prime Minister David Cameron supporting action against IS, and then after a title sequence, cuts to Haines making a statement critical of Cameron and his country’s cooperation with the Iraqi government and assistance in arming Kurdish Peshmerga forces.
“My name is David Cawthorne Haines. I’d like to declare that I hold you, David Cameron, entirely responsible for my execution,” Haines said before being slaughtered.
“You (Cameron) entered voluntarily into a coalition with the United State against the Islamic State just as your predecessor Tony Blair did following a trend among our British prime ministers who cannot find the courage to say no to the Americans. Unfortunately it is we the British public that in the end will pay the price for our Parliament’s selfish decisions.”
A militant clad in black and with his face covered standing next to Haines then says, “This British man has to pay the price for your promise, Cameron, to arm the Peshmerga against the Islamic State. Ironically, he has spent a decade of his life serving under the same Royal Air Force that is responsible for delivering those arms. You are evil allies with America which continues to strike the Muslims of Iraq and most recently bombed the Haditha Dam that only accelerated your destruction, and playing the role of the obedient lapdog, Cameron, will only drag you and your people into another bloody and unwinnable war.”
The man also showed another British hostage, Alan Henning, and threatened Cameron that he will also be executed if Britain continues to support anti-IS forces.
Cameron in a statement described Haines’ execution as “an act of pure evil,” and said, “We will do everything in our power to hunt down these murderers and ensure they face justice, however long it takes.”
The United States in a statement Saturday condemned the act as a “barbaric murder,” and said, “We will work with the United Kingdom and a broad coalition of nations from the region and around the world to bring the perpetrators of this outrageous act to justice, and to degrade and destroy this threat to the people of our countries, the region and the world.”
In similar execution videos from earlier in September and August, IS previously executed U.S. journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.
UPDATE: Egypt condemns IS execution of David Haines
Egypt strongly condemned Sunday the murder of British aid worker David Cawthorne Haines by the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Iraq and Syria, according to a statement from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“This is a barbaric and brutal act that totally contradicts the teachings of the Islamic religion,” the statement said.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty highlighted the necessity of concerted efforts to fight terrorism, the statement continued