Obama condemns latest beheading, vows to work on a broad coalition of nations to bring perpetrators to justice; anti-ISIS coalition members to meet in Paris on Monday.
After David Haines beheading, British PM Cameron says his country won’t shirk responsibility in fight against the IS and Australia answers US call to join coalition fighting the militants. France too calls for international mobilisation to fight the terrorist threat.
British aid worker David Haines was a former military man who spent years helping the neediest in warzones, but his dedication led to him becoming the latest hostage to be beheaded by Islamic State militants in Syria.
President Barack Obama is condemning as a 'barbaric murder' the slaying of British aid worker David Haines by Islamic State extremists.
In a strong response after an emergency meeting, David Cameron vowed on Sunday to ‘extinguish’ the ISIS by taking ‘whatever steps necessary’ after a new video depicted the beheading of David Haines.
The Islamic State jihadist group claimed on Saturday it beheaded British aid worker David Haines, in what would be the third such execution in recent weeks, after two US journalists were shown murdered.
Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria now have about 20,000 to 31,500 fighters on the ground, the Central Intelligence Agency said on Thursday, much higher than a previous estimate of 10,000.
US Secretary of State John Kerry was in Baghdad on Wednesday, beginning a tour of the Middle East to build military, political and financial support to defeat Islamic State militants controlling parts of Iraq and Syria.
Arab states agreed Sunday to take the "necessary measures" and were prepared to cooperate internationally to confront Islamic State militants, Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said.
As the United States expanded airstrikes against the Islamic State and the Levant (ISIS) in Iraq, President Barack Obama said on Sunday he will be announcing the next phase of the fight in a speech later this week.
The US and its allies are trying to hammer out a coalition to push back the Islamic State group in Iraq. But any serious attempt to destroy the militants or even seriously degrade their capabilities means targeting their infrastructure in Syria.
US President Barack Obama called Wednesday for an international front against jihadists in Iraq and Syria after they beheaded a second American reporter, as Britain and France weighed military action.