Wife of ISIS Hostage Alan Henning Pleads for Husband's Release

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The wife of a British aid worker held hostage by ISIS pleaded on video Tuesday for his release. Speaking directly to her husband, she said: “We miss you, and we’re dreadfully concerned for your safety.” It was the third plea from Barbara Henning, whose husband, Alan, was kidnapped in Syria in December. Barbara Henning has said that she received an audio recording of her husband pleading for his life.

“I ask Islamic State: Please release him,” she said in a BBC interview. “We need him back home. Thank you.” Appealing to the organization’s ambition to be seen as a state, she asked ISIS to “act in a statesmanlike way” and show mercy. She stressed that Muslims around the world had judged him innocent. In a previous video, she said she had been told that a Sharia court had found her husband innocent of being a spy.

“Some say, ‘Wrong time, wrong place,’” she said Tuesday. “Alan was volunteering with his Muslim friends to help the people of Syria. He was in the right place doing the right thing.”



— Erin McClam