WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama condemned as a “barbaric murder” the slaying of British aid worker David Haines by extremists.
Haines was abducted last year in Syria, and extremists released a video on Saturday showing his beheading.
In a statement issued Saturday night, Obama said the hearts of Americans go out to Haines’ family and the people of the United Kingdom.
“The United States stands shoulder to shoulder tonight with our close friend and ally in grief and resolve,” Obama said.
“We will work with the United Kingdom and a broad coalition of nations from the region and around the world to bring the perpetrators of this outrageous act to justice, and to degrade and destroy this threat to the people of our countries, the region and the world,” he said.
File photo shows President Barack Obama speaking at the White House in Washington on August 28. Barack Obama condemned as a ‘barbaric murder’ the slaying of British aid worker David Haines by extremists – AP
In his statement, Obama repeated the pledge he made Wednesday night in a nationally televised address in which he laid out a strategy to respond to the threat from the Islamic State group, which is referred to at times as ISIL.
“Our objective is clear,” he told the nation earlier this week. “We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy.”