ISIS militants fighting in Iraq and Syria have released a fresh video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines. The footage is not verified but the images are consistent with those of the filmed executions of two US journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, in the past month.
Haines was kidnapped last year while working for the French agency ACTED. The video entitled "A Message to the Allies of America" opens with UK Prime Minister David Cameron talking about defeating the Islamic State. The masked man is dressed in black with a British accent and stands over Haines, who is shown kneeling in an orange jumpsuit.
The video then shows the beheading of the kneeling man. The executioner seems to be the same man who had appeared in the earlier execution videos in a similar desert setting. In both the videos, the victims wore orange jumpsuits.
The USA has resumed air strikes in Iraq for the first time since the final withdrawal of the US troops in 2011. The raids follow major gains by the Islamic State, which has declared an Islamic caliphate in the areas under its control in both Syria and Iraq.