British PM summons military, security chiefs for emergency meet on IS

British aid worker David Haines before he was killed, video posted on the Internet by Islamic State militants and provided by the SITE Intelligence Group, Sept. 13, 2014 Photo by AP

Meeting follows Islamic State’s beheading of British aid worker, threat for another slaying.

Prime Minister David Cameron is summoning military and security chiefs for an emergency meeting in response to the beheading of a British hostage and a threat against another.

The Sunday meeting comes after Islamic extremists released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines and threatening another with death.

Haines is the third Westerner beheaded in recent weeks by the Islamic State group, which has seized vast swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq.

The 44-year-aid worker’s family had issued a plea to his captors the day before the video was released urging the hostage-takers to contact them.

Haines was kidnapped in Syria last year.

His family has released a statement praising his charitable work and saying he was most alive when helping others.

By Haaretz


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