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ISIS Releases Video Purportedly Showing Beheading of British Hostage

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(NBC News) - Terrorist group Islamic State released a video Saturday purportedly showing the execution of British aid worker David Haines.

If confirmed, it is the third time the organization, which has seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria, beheaded a captive and released a video of the execution, intending to send a message to Western nations. Britain recently said it would send machine guns and ammunition to Iraq to help that government battle the militants, who are also known as ISIS, and it is weighing whether to participate in possible airstrikes in Syria against the terror group.

“My name is David Cawthorne Haines. I would like to declare that I hold you, David Cameron, entirely responsible for my execution. You entered voluntarily into a coalition with the United States against the Islamic State, just as your predecessor Tony Blair did, following a trend against our British prime ministers who can't find the courage to say no to the Americans,” Haines, kneeling and wearing orange clothing like previous captives in other beheading videos, is forced to say on the video.

The black-clad, masked executioner says, “This British man has to pay the price for your promise, Cameron, to arm the peshmerga [Kurdish forces] 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.”

After the execution, another captive is shown and the executioner issues a warning: “If you, Cameron, persist in fighting the Islamic State then you, like your master Obama, will have the blood of your people on your hands.”

Haines did security work for peacekeeping groups in the region when he was reportedly abducted in Syria in early 2013.

ISIS released a video Sept. 2 showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff, who was kidnapped in Syria in August 2013. Another American journalist, James Foley, was executed in a video released Aug. 19.
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