DAVID HAINES: Will this British hostage who spent years “trying so hard to help ‘MUSLIM’ communities” ravaged by war in the Balkans, become the Islamic State’s next beheading victim?

Counterterrorism officials are concerned that the Islamic State (ISIS) will behead a British hostage next week, noting consistencies in the terrorist group’s decapitations of two American journalists.

David Haines with Croation-born wife Dragana

David Haines with Croation-born wife Dragana

Washington Times  Analysts say the video releases of the beheadings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff took place two weeks apart and both were made public on a Tuesday evening. Mr. Haines, a worker for a French non-governmental organization, was shown at the end of the Sotloff video dressed in an orange jumpsuit. The terrorist who spoke on the video said Mr. Haines would be the group’s next victim. If the timing was calculated, officials are concerned that the Islamic State will similarly murder British hostage David Haines on Tuesday.

Mr. Haines, a worker for a French non-governmental organization, was shown at the end of the Sotloff video dressed in an orange jumpsuit. The terrorist who spoke on the video said Mr. Haines would be the group’s next victim.

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IB Times It is now being reported that Haines is a former soldier who left the British armed forces in 1999 and provided security services for several aid organizations before being abducted in Syria in early 2013.  In the 15 years since he left the forces, he appears to have worked extensively in the Balkans helping Muslim families; one of his most significant roles was at ASB, a German firm which undertook major humanitarian work in the region during the 1992-95 Balkan war. 

In addition to his work in the former Yugoslavia, Haines has worked for a peace force in South Sudan and headed up a mission for refugee aid organization Handicap International.

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