ISIS just released a video which claims to show the beheading of British hostage Alan Henning. The Islamic State footage is extremely similar to the other beheading videos released previously, according to Fox News. The short video concluded with an ISIS fighter threatening a man, which the group identified as an American citizen.
Alan Henning was delivering aid to Syria last December when he was kidnapped by ISIS. The British man’s wife, Barbara, appealed to members of the Islamic State to let her husband go earlier this week.
“He is innocent,” she said.
The U.S. State Department is currently reviewing the Alan Henning beheading video, but media staffers have already stated that there is currently no reason to doubt the authenticity of the ISIS video. “I am Alan Henning. Because of our Parliament’s decision to attack the Islamic State [ISIS], I, as a member of the British public, will now pay the price for that decision,” Alan Henning reportedly said in the ISIS beheading video.
“The blood of [fellow slain captive] David Haines was on your hands, [British Prime Minister David] Cameron,” the ISIS executioner reportedly said during the beheading video. “Alan Henning will also be slaughtered but his blood is on the hands of the British Parliament.”
ISIS has threatened to behead American Peter Kassig next, according to Twitter posts. Kassig is a former Army Ranger from Indianapolis. He was deployed to Iraq in 2007. Once he had completed his service, Peter Kassig decided to spend his time aiding Syrian refugees. The former American soldier created his own aid group — Special Emergency Response and Assistance, or SERA. Kassig’s group provided Syrian refugees with cook stoves, propane tanks, and blankets, among other necessities.
“I did not meet a single man woman or child who could not muster a smile and a message of strength and hope that was nothing short of earth-shatteringly humbling,” the Indiana man said before he was taken hostage by ISIS.
Kassig was honorably discharged from the Army for medical reasons and was divorced not long after returning home. He reportedly found little sense of purpose when attending college classes, became depressed, and wanted to do something substantial with his life.
“We each get one life and that’s it. We got one shot at this and we don’t get any do-overs, and for me, it was time to put up or shut up. The way I saw it, I didn’t have a choice. This is what I was put here to do. I guess I am just a hopeless romantic, and I am an idealist, and I believe in hopeless causes,” the Iraq War veteran said.
What do you think about the Alan Henning beheading and the execution threats ISIS has made against Peter Kassig?
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