British PM chairs emergency meeting over killing of 2nd US journalist
Published on Sep 3, 2014 4:32 PM
LONDON (AFP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron was on Wednesday to chair an emergency meeting following the execution of a second United States journalist by Islamist fighters in Iraq and the threat that a British hostage will be next.
In a video showing the severed head of 31-year-old Mr Steven Sotloff, a masked militant warned that a British man, widely identified as Mr David Cawthorne Haines, would be killed in response to US air strikes against militants in northern Iraq.
Speaking ahead of the meeting of Britain's emergency response committee, Mr Cameron condemned Mr Sotloff's apparent beheading as "a despicable and barbaric murder". The video posted by the Islamic State came just two weeks after its killing of US reporter James Foley.
"As I have said consistently over the last few weeks, ISIS terrorists speak for no religion. They threaten Syrians, Iraqis, Americans and British people alike and make no distinction between Muslims, Christians or any other faith," Mr Cameron said.
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