BRITISH Prime Minister David Cameron has confirmed the authenticity of a video showing the beheading of a British aid worker.
A video emerged early Saturday morning, showing Alan Henning on his knees in the desert, wearing an orange prison-style jumpsuit before he was beheaded.
Islamic State extremists have claimed responsibility for the death, also threatening the life of an American hostage at the end of the video.
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The video has been condemned by the British, US and Australian governments as “brutal” and “horrific”.
It comes just days after Alan’s wife Barbara made an emotional plea for his release, saying he is innocent.
The video is the fourth in less than six weeks to show the beheading of western hostages.
Meantime – Australian military aircraft and special forces have been given the green light by federal cabinet to fight Islamic State extremists in Iraq.
Super Hornets have been approved to start bombing raids against Islamic State extremists, supported by 400 RAAF personnel.
In addition, about 200 special forces members will train and advise Iraqi forces, but are awaiting final legal approval before deploying.
Newscorp is reporting Australian strikes could begin as early as Sunday evening.
Image courtesy of BBC News.