Murder of ISIS Hostage Alan Henning 'Unforgivable': David Cameron

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LONDON - The "completely unforgivable" slaying of a British hostage in Syria demonstrates the necessity of destroying ISIS, Prime Minister David Cameron said Saturday. "There is no level of depravity to which they will not sink. No appeals made any difference," Cameron said after receiving a security briefing from Foreign Office, intelligence and military officials on the killing of English aid worker Alan Henning, 47.

"The murder of Alan Henning is absolutely abhorrent, it is senseless, it is completely unforgivable. Anyone in any doubt about this organization can now see how truly repulsive it is, and barbaric it is," he said of ISIS. When asked whether he believed the extremists would kill more of their Western hostages, Cameron suggested the only way to stop them was through military action. "The fact that this was a kind, gentle, compassionate and caring man who had simply gone to help others, the fact they could murder him in the way they did, shows what we are dealing with," Cameron said. "We must do everything we can to defeat this organization." Henning, a taxi driver from the town of Eccles in northwest England, was abducted minutes after his aid convoy entered Syria in December 2013. He was the fourth hostage killed by ISIS extremists.


- The Associated Press