Cameron vows to destroy Islamic State ‘and what it stands for’

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday praised slain British aid worker David Haines as a hero and pledged to continue working as part of an international coalition to “hunt down those responsible and bring them to justice no matter how long it takes.”

The militant group Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, released a video Saturday purporting to show his beheading. Britain’s Foreign Office said the video appeared to be authentic.

“Today the whole country will want to express its deep sympathy for David Haines’ family,” Cameron said after chairing an emergency cabinet meeting Sunday morning at the prime minister’s official residence on Downing Street in London.

Statement from the family of David Haines, beheaded by Islamic State
Statement from the family of David Haines, beheaded by Islamic State
Times staff reports
Cameron added that Britain and the rest of the world cannot ignore the threat Islamic State poses.

“Step by step we must drive back, dismantle and ultimately destroy ISIL and what it stands for,” Cameron said. “They are not Muslims, they are monsters.”

Britain has partnered with the United States in its push to thwart the militant group by providing assistance to the Iraqi military and to Kurdish fighting forces, known as the peshmerga, in northern Iraq.

However, Cameron is under growing pressure over whether Britain will join in U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State. The prime minister did not address the question of airstrikes in his statement today.

In the video, titled “A Message to the Allies of America,” Haines is made to read a statement directed to the British prime minister.la-fg-video-islamic-state-beheading-british-20-004

“My name is David Cawthorne Haines. I would like to declare that I hold you, David Cameron, entirely responsible for my execution,” says Haines.

“You entered voluntarily into a coalition with the United States against the Islamic State, just as your predecessor Tony Blair did, following a trend amongst our British prime ministers who can’t find the courage to say no to the Americans.”

The Islamic State militant in the video, swathed in black with his face obscured, threatened Cameron over Britain’s alliance with the U.S.

“Your evil alliance with America, which continues to strike the Muslims of Iraq … will only accelerate your destruction, he says. “And playing the role of the obedient lap dog, Cameron, will only drag you and your people into another bloody and un-winnable war.”

Video posted online by militants
This image from a video posted online purports to show British aid worker David Haines before he was beheaded. (Associated Press)

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