The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS, released a video Saturday of the third beheading of a foreign hostage, a British aid worker.
The execution was a clear message to Britain, a key ally of the United States as it builds an international coalition to target ISIS, which has made stunning advances across Syria and northern Iraq in recent months.
The video shows the aid worker, David Cawthorne Haines, kneeling on a bare hill under the open sky, in a landscape that appears identical to where two American journalists were killed by the group in back-to-back executions in the past month.
Before his death, the 44-year-old Haines reads a script, in which he blames his country’s leaders for his killing.
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