September 13, 2014 6:47 pm -

Newly released footage on social media by Islamic State militants claims to show the beheading of British hostage David Haines.

The 44-year-old aid worker from Scotland, a father of two, was captured by ISIS in Syria in March 2013.



[su_center_ad]Haines appeared in a video earlier this month after a clip showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff.

The video clip begins with news footage of Cameron discussing his policy towards the group, before showing Haines kneeling in the sand wearing an orange jumpsuit and making a statement. The militant threatens Britain for helping to arm the Kurdish Peshmerga force which is battling the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, in Iraq, the Huffington Post reports.

The militant featured in the video later threatens to kill yet another man who appears on camera, who he says is a British national called Alan Henning. Syrians  on Twitter claimed to  recognize Henning as an also aid worker captured while working in Syria.


Mr. Haines leaves behind a 17-year-old daughter with his first wife Louise, and a four-year-old daughter with his second wife, Dragana.

Update: I’ve decided to remove the picture with the militant standing over Mr. Haines. We should remember Mr. Haines as a brave and kind man, not as an instrument that ISIL used to instigate a war. .

H/T: LL’s own @Mea_Mark with thanks. [su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

21 responses to ISIS Releases Video Claiming To Show Beheading Of British Aid Worker David Haines

  1. edmeyer_able September 13th, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    The ball is in your court David Cameron.

    • granpa.usthai September 14th, 2014 at 2:16 am

      would be lovely to see US Aircraft and RAF Aircraft flying in group formations again. Kinda like the brotherhood of bombardiers, eh?

  2. Suzanne McFly September 13th, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    This just secured us a couple more allies to help us wipe these little bastards out.

    • edmeyer_able September 13th, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      I still think Turkey has to play a military role in this or it will be that much harder to pull this off.

      • mea_mark September 13th, 2014 at 8:22 pm

        Turkey won’t even let us use our bases their. Turkey is turning into a shit pot despot ruled country with all the corruption surrounding Erdogan. I bet Turkey is absolutely worthless in all this and maybe even against us as they are already siding with some of the radical factions. Wouldn’t surprise me if Turkey gets kicked out of NATO in the next year or two.

        • granpa.usthai September 14th, 2014 at 2:22 am

          actually their current rule has been the standard for some time. Their corrupt officials have been turning a blind eye and allowing shipments of many types of military armaments to groups that are known to be ‘terrorist’/ Islamic ‘freedom fighter’ friendly for a long time now.

      • juicyfruityyy September 13th, 2014 at 8:22 pm

        True. Turkey can not play a role in helping, ISIL.

      • granpa.usthai September 14th, 2014 at 2:11 am

        Turkey has pretty much given a free blanket for ISIS to cover themselves with should the situation become undesirable for them to remain in their current abodes. I wouldn’t doubt that Iran would be willing to loosen their borders also.

    • granpa.usthai September 14th, 2014 at 2:08 am

      allies as in moral support, or actual fighting allies with jets that bomb, etc.? Syria has yet to agree to any outside military intervention on their soil (as it will be their citizens that will bear the brunt of the ‘war collateral’) and no doubt strain international relations should we opt to “bully through”.

      • Suzanne McFly September 14th, 2014 at 10:42 am

        Allies will help us fight and be morally supportive, now that ISIL not only killed a British man, but the killer himself is British, they have a much bigger risk than we do if they just stand by. They need their population to know terrorism is not supported there.
        Obama said we will go to Syria and that is what we need to do. We have to stop putting up blocks and section off where we will allow our bombs to drop. Pakistan was a major issue bush did not address, had he went there himself and had more faith in his American troops that dumb ass would of been the President to get Osama. Obama has faith in his military and will use them to achieve a goal and this will be at a lesser risk than the last President who had no definitive goals.

    • NMAXXS September 14th, 2014 at 8:15 am

      Yes, because weapons of mass destruction wouldn’t work well as a means to again sucker the U.S. public and allies to go to war with a non-threatening entity.

      Think about the lies that got us into Vietnam and Iraq.

      • Suzanne McFly September 14th, 2014 at 10:33 am

        I was not for Iraq and I was not born until the end of Vietnam, but I don’t believe anyone should step aside and let a group of terrorists get away with murder. They have become very powerful in a short time and they are located in a area where they find many who will protect them.
        Do you want us to wait until they create another 9/11 on our soil then we go over and fight back? I don’t believe we should carry the whole load, I believe we can fight along side allies and put an end to this group. We have to stand up now because they are only getting stronger and will be much harder to fight later on.

        • NMAXXS September 14th, 2014 at 12:14 pm

          “Do you want us to wait until they create another 9/11 on our soil then we go over and fight back?”

          In other words, the NSA/CIA/Military Industrial Complex, War Propagandists (including the media), er, terrorists have won!

          • Suzanne McFly September 14th, 2014 at 2:04 pm

            So what is your stance, what do you believe we should do?

  3. juicyfruityyy September 13th, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    RIP. Condolences to your family.

  4. uzza September 13th, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    The decision to show that picture instead of the other one is admirable. It shows real class and respect. Kudos.

  5. granpa.usthai September 14th, 2014 at 2:27 am

    good selection for the photo. I bet the little one will send her dad a big hug every day of her life.

  6. OldLefty September 14th, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Media, Politicians should stop Letting ISIL Manipulate them

    By Juan Cole | Sep. 14, 2014

    Ever since George W. Bush invaded Iraq and created the circumstances under which al-Qaeda could take root and flourish there from 2003 forward, al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia (which later styled itself the “Islamic State of Iraq”) has taken captives and has beheaded them on film. It was doing thisin 2004

    These acts of public brutality against a helpless individual are intended in part to announce that despite their military superiority, Westerners are not 10 feet tall and can be cut down to size. They announce leadership and encourage angry young men to join ISIL rather than one of its many rivals. They also push Western publics to demand reprisals. Reprisals in turn can be used by the radical group as proof to its followers that it really is being unjustly targeted by the big bad superpower. It is a passive aggressive form of terrorism.

    For these reasons, I don’t typically talk about kidnappings or beheadings of captives at this blog. It is an artificial phenomenon carried out precisely for people to talk about ISIL.

    In the UK, the killing of the aid worker David Haines by ISIL comes at a time when the government is divided. Foreign Minister Philip Hammond had said last week that the UK army military would not be aerially bombing ISIL. The PM David Cameron heard about this and contradicted it publicly. This show of disunity on the part of a prominent America ally is the sort of thing the “Islamic State” group is going for. Syria could actually be bombed in part because of ISIL’s barbarous action.

    It seems to me that editors should refuse to play along with this sick game.

    The fact is that almost no news organization covers the killing of American troops in Afghanistan any more. If it happens it is on page 17, and this had been the case for years. So let’s get this straight. The Taliban can actually kill US troops without our headlining the fact. But the slaughter of an innocent captive is front page news. These are editorial decisions, not acts of nature.

    • edmeyer_able September 14th, 2014 at 10:20 am

      IMO We don’t go to war against a few criminals committing a few horrendous acts of violence on some of our citizens. We are going to war against a group committing atrocities on a region of people who are defenseless and wish to expand their sphere of influence across the globe.

      • OldLefty December 7th, 2014 at 8:40 am


  7. edmeyer_able September 14th, 2014 at 10:24 am

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