On Friday, Sept 3, 2014, Islamic State fighter beheaded Alan Henning, British aid worker and this beheading was released on the internet in a video titled 'Another Message to America and its Allies'.

Alan Henning was kidnapped at the end of last year and the Islamic State showed him at the end of last month beheading video of David Haines. In the meantime, wife of Alan Henning, al-Qaeda and many others appealed Islamic State to release him. Such appeals didn't work and instead Islamic State choose to behead Alan Henning.
Screenshot from the beheading video released
Like in the previous beheading videos, Alan Henning in this video will be wearing an orange jumpsuit kneeling next to a black-clad Islamic State fighter. Before the beheading, both Alan Henning and Jihadi John read pre-written text condemning the authorization of United Kingdom airstrikes on the Islamic State.

Alan Henning said "Because of our parliament's decision to attack the Islamic State, I, as a member of the British public, will now pay the price for that decision".

Jihadi John said, "The blood of David Haines was on your hands Cameron. Alan Henning will also be slaughtered, but his blood is on the hands of the British parliament".

With these continuous be-headings despite several appeals around the world, the Islamic State showed how cruel they are and how cruel they can be.

World political leaders and religious leaders started condemning the beheading video of Alan Henning.

David Cameron, United Kingdom Prime Minister said "My thoughts and prayers tonight are with Alan's wife Barbara, their children and all those who loved him ... We will do all we can to hunt down these murderers and bring them to justice".

Barack Obama, United States President said the death of Alan Henning was a great loss to his family and the Syrian people who he was helping. He said the United Kingdom people miss him too.

"The United States strongly condemns the brutal murder of United Kingdom citizen".

"Standing together with our UK friends and allies, we will work to bring the perpetrators of Alan's murder - as well as the murders of Jim Foley, Steven Sotloff and David Haines - to justice".

"Standing together with a broad coalition of allies and partners, we will continue taking decisive action to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL (other name for Islamic State)".

Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation said, "I am appalled at the brutal murder of Alan Henning by the evil ISIS (other name for Islamic State), this barbaric killing is an attack against all decent people around the world".

"For weeks now the world has tried to appeal to these murderers to do the decent thing but they have no compassion or respect for human life".

"Alan Henning was a British hero, he put others first and we salute him and his life of service for others. My thoughts and condolences to Alan's family and friends".

"British Muslims stand with Alan's family and vow to defeat this evil ideology and barbaric organisation. Islam not only condemns these crimes but forbids them, those that carry them out are committing crimes against Islam".

After beheading Alan Henning, Jihadi John threatened to kill Peter Edward Kassig, Iraq war veteran who was kneeling in a similar way in a similar suit.

Jihadi John said "Obama you have started your aerial bombardment in Sham (Syria) which keeps on striking our people, so it’s only right we continue to strike the necks of your people".

The officials did not yet confirm the beheading video.
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On Friday, Sept 26, 2014, the United Kingdom Parliament supported the countries participation in the United States led airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq. The Parliament debated for seven hours on whether or not the United Kingdom should be part of airstrikes. Voting was held which supported the airstrikes 524 to 43. The Parliament only gave clearance to conduct airstrikes inside Iraq and not inside Syria.

The MP's from all the Political parties (Conservative Party, Labour Party and Liberal Democrats) voted in support of air strikes. Few MP's expressed their concerns about the airstrikes, which they fear, could lead to further intervention in Syria in the future.

23 MP's from Labour Party, 6 from Conservative Party and 1 from Liberal Democrats voted against air strikes. Also, 5 MP’s from Scottish National Party, 2 MP’s from Plaid Cymru, National party of Wales were among the list of MP's disagreed with United Kingdom participation in the airstrikes.

Michael Fallon, United Kingdom Defence Secretary said the airstrikes was just the start of "a long, drawn out campaign".

United Kingdom is planning to send 6 Tornado fighter jets and their crews, surveillance planes to find the Islamic State convoys and its member.
In the Parliament, David Cameron, United Kingdom Prime minister said, "This is about psychopathic terrorists that are trying to kill us and we do have to realize that, whether we like it or not, they have already declared war on us ... There isn't a walk on by option. There isn't an option of just hoping this will go away".

David Cameron said attacking the Islamic State inside Iraq is legal, since the Iraqi government asked for help and attacking the Islamic State inside Syria is illegal, since the Syrian regime never asked outsiders for help. To join the airstrikes inside Syria the Parliament should pass another bill.

Bethany Haines, daughter of David Haine (David Haine is a British aid worker who was beheaded by the Islamic State fighter nicknamed Jihadi John. FBI knows the actual identity of Jihadi John) told in a TV interview that the Islamic State "need to be eradicated" and it doesn't matter whichever country they belong. She said, "They need to be stopped. If airstrikes and ground force is what it takes, that's what it takes".

On Friday, Sept 26, 2014, Denmark joined the United States led airstrikes to fight and destroy the Islamic State. By the time, these two joined, United Kingdom was debating about whether or not to join the airstrikes.

Denmark is planning to send 4 operational planes and 3 reserve jets along with 250 pilots. Along with that a support staff will be sent to the fight and destroy the Islamic State inside Iraq. The personnel will stay and do their work for an extended period of 12 months. Danish Parliament yet have to authorize all this but this is just a formality.

Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Denmark Prime Minister “No one should be ducking in this case ... Everyone should contribute”.

On Friday, Sept 26, 2014, after 3½ debate, Chamber of Representatives authorized Belgium to participate in the airstrikes for one month. Belgium is planning to send a group of 120 from its military along with 8 pilots.
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On Thursday, Sept 25, 2014, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States internal intelligence agency said they identified the masked Islamic State fighter that appeared in the beheading of two American journalists, a British aid worker and threatened to kill another aid worker.

For some time, British officials had suspicions on a rapper who they thought might flew to Syria to fight for the Islamic State. Now they feel that suspicion was a wrong one.

The fighters speaking in British-accent was a nicknamed 'Jihadi John' who appeared in the recent Islamic State beheading videos. Jihadi John claims they still have 20 more hostages with them. The belief is that he is leading a group of British jihadists named 'The Beatles'.

Intelligence agencies used technologies like voice-recognition, overhead imagery and records of suspected Western fighters in the identification process.

James Comey, director of FBI said they identified the be-header but he didn't reveal the actual name or the place Jihadi John is from. He told reporters "I believe that we have identified ... I'm not going to tell you who I believe it is".

In a video that was released in May 2014, a man used a pistol to shot a Syrian soldier who was loyal to Bashar al-Assad in the back of the head in Syria. The investigators believe this man to be Jihadi John.

Be-headings of Jihadi John

On Aug 19, 2014, James Foley, American journalist appeared in a video titled 'A Message to America' and read a pre-written text accusing the United States airstrikes on the Islamic State in Iraq.

Jihadi John said, "You have been at the forefront of the aggression towards the Islamic State ... and gone far ... to interfere in our affairs ... You are no longer fighting an insurgency. We are an Islamic army and a state that has been accepted by a large number of Muslims worldwide. So any attempt by you ... to deny the Muslims their rights of living in safety under the Islamic caliphate will result in the bloodshed of your people".

Jihadi John then beheaded James Foley and threatened to behead Steven Sotloff if the demands weren't met.

On Tuesday, Sept 2, 2014, Steven Sotloff, American-Israeli journalist, appeared in a video titled 'A Second Message to America' speaking a pre-written text in the similar way accusing the United States about the continuing airstrikes despite warnings.

Jihadi John said "I'm back Obama ... because of your insistence on continuing your bombings ... despite our serious warnings ... So just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people".

At the end of the video in a similar way, Jihadi John beheaded the journalist and asked to meet the new demands. In any case if, the demands are not threatened to behead.

On Saturday, Sept 13 2014, David Haines, British aid worker appeared in the video titled 'a message to the allies of America' and read a pre-written text accusing the United Kingdom for joining the coalition with the United States to fight against the Islamic State.

Jihadi John said "This British man has to pay the price ... Your evil alliance with America, which continues to strike the Muslims of Iraq ... will only accelerate your destruction and playing the role of the obedient lapdog, Cameron, will only drag you and your people into another bloody and unwinnable war".

After reading the pre-written text, Jihadi John beheaded David Haines and at the end of the video, he threatened to behead Alan Henning, British aid worker.

The United States and the United Kingdom confirmed the authenticity of the beheading videos released by the Islamic State.

Did Jihadi John really carried out the be-headings

In the three recent beheading videos that are released, a black-clad militant holding a knife to a man in an orange jumpsuit kneeling in the desert. Both delivers the pre-written text, screen blackouts and shows the pictures of beheaded bodies. The video does not show jihadi John drawing blood from the victims.

Investigations said the way videos are edited shows a possibility that someone else would had carried out be-headings.
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On Wednesday, Sept 24, 2014, the 'Mars Orbiter Mission’, which India affectionately calls MOM, was successfully placed into Mars orbit. It is also called 'Mangalyaan', previously launched into Earth orbit on Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013.

Credit : ISRO
With MOM's success, India joined the list of Mars explorers, which previously included United States, European Space Agency and Russia.

With MOM's success, India became first country to become successful on its first mission to Mars. So far, the World attempted 51 Mars missions. 30 attempts failed including attempts by Japan in 1999 and China in 2011.

Mangalyaan is a beautiful journey from planet blue to the red planet. The spacecraft was integrated on Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 and was checked on Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013. Launch rehearsal was performed on Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 and the Launch was approved on Friday, Nov 1, 2013.

MOM weighed about 1.337 tons at the time of launch and using the fuel, it weighed 0.55 tons. MOM has an elliptical orbit around Mars with close point at 420 Km and farthest point at 80,000 Km.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) build MOM for its Mars mission with a minimum cost of $74 million. To give a sense, 'Maven' had a price tag of $671 million sent by the NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration, United States space agency. The spacecraft was launched on Nov 18, 2013 and arrived Mars on Sept 21, 2014), 'Mars express orbiter' had a price tag of $386 million sent by the European Space Agency (The spacecraft was launched on Jun 2003 and arrived Mars on Dec 2003), 'Nozomi' had a price tag of $189 million sent by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (The spacecraft was launched on Jul 1998 and never arrived Mars orbit), 'Phobos-Grunt' with Chinese satellite had a price tag of $117 million sent by the Russian Federal Space Agency (It is the China's joint mission with Russia. The spacecraft was launched on Nov 8, 2011 and failed to leave Earth orbit), a $100 million was spent to produce the Oscar-winning science fiction film 'Gravity’.

To reduce the cost, ISRO reduced the payload for MOM, which is smaller than the average rocket engine needed to break into Earth’s orbit and its technical equipment to carry out studies, will only weigh 15 kilograms. ISRO sent MOM around the Earth's orbit and increased its orbit using propulsion. ISRO used homemade technology for the project. All these reasons reduced the overall cost of the mission, making this the low-cost mission ever the world has spent for Mars missions.

Over a period of six months, MOM will study about the Mars soil, minerals, heat emission, presence of Methane gas, which is a key element for the presence of life on Earth and the abundance of gases like deuterium and hydrogen for the understanding of any previous presence of water on the Mars surface.

ISRO's motivation to MOM's mission came from the Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiter success, which found the evidence of water on the surface of the Moon in the year 2008.

ISRO has no plans to relax with MOM's success. They have a mission according to the space department secretary, which includes exploring Sun's corona. Don't forget, we all are alongside you, supporting you and eagerly waiting to taste success on more number of explorations. All the best!
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On Monday, Sept 22, 2014, the United States and its coalition launched airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria. For the first time airstrikes expanded to Syria which were limited to Iraq previously.

The airstrikes included a mix of fighter jets, bombers and Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from the United States Navy ships in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. They were part of Barack Obama's expanding airstrike campaign against the Islamic State, which were authorized two weeks ago.
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Rear Adm. John Kirby, Pentagon press secretary said more details could not be provided at this point in time and will be known overtime as the operation continues.

The countries in the coalition, participating in the airstrikes were not officially released but Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates could be among them. Qatar sent a supporting military aircraft but did not launched airstrikes.

On Monday, Sept 22, 2014, the bombings took place in Raqqa, a Syrian city and the capital of the Islamic State targeting buildings occupied by the Islamic State leaders, their training sites, supply lines and on the arsenal they had.

Syrian regime warned about the unauthorized airstrikes which the United States and its coalition are planning to conduct. On Tuesday, Sept 23, 2014, Syrian foreign ministry said they were informed about the airstrikes. The United States informed about the airstrikes but did not ask permission or coordinate with them.

Previously on Sunday, Sept 21, 2014, the spokesman for the Islamic State released an audio recording over the social media threatening the United States and its coalition that was formed to destroy the Islamic State.

Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, the spokesman for the Islamic State said "O America, O allies of America, and O crusaders, know that the matter is more dangerous than you have imagined and greater than you have envisioned. We have warned you that today we are in a new era".

al-Adnani added "Kill a disbelieving American or European – especially the spiteful and filthy French – or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, kill him in any manner or way however it may be".

al-Adnani asked to kill all these people no-matter if they are a civilian or from military. They all are disbelievers and kill all of them without asking anyone permission. He said it is legal to kill a disbeliever and loot their wealth. He compared disbeliever’s blood to "blood of a dog". He made a disgusting comparison and sick thing is calling all this is legal.

The sickening part of al-Adnani's audio release is telling Muslims how to kill ruthlessly and providing alternatives for the inhuman behavior.

"If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman, or any of their allies. Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him".

"If you are unable to do so, then burn his home, car, or business. Or destroy his crops. If you are unable to do so, then spit in his face".

While the Islamic State is engaging in what they think of impeccable behavior, many Muslims around the world are joining the #NotInMyName campaign over social media supporting the anti-ISIS campaign.
Credit : Active Change Foundation
#NotInMyName campaign was started at the Active Change Foundation by British Muslim youth. They released a video, which shows they don't support the atrocities of the Islamic State in anyway. Many around the world joined the campaign quickly. Later non-Muslims joined the campaign showing their support.

Both Muslims and Non-Muslims acknowledged that the ideas represented by few extremists do not represent the majority of Muslims.
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On Saturday, Sept 20, 2014, The wife of Alan Henning, the British aid worker currently held hostage by Islamic State fighters and threatened to kill, pleaded Islamic State to release her husband.

The 47-year-old Alan Henning, father of two was a British aid worker and previously worked as a taxi driver in Eccles, Salford, Greater Manchester. When Alan Henning was delivering aid items to the victims of the Syrian civil war near Syrian-Turkish border on Thursday, Dec 26, 2013, he was taken hostage by the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Alan Henning was shown at the end of the beheading video of David Haines which was released on Sept 13, 2014. The Islamic State fighter threatened to kill him, if David Cameron, United Kingdom Prime Minister continue his support to the fight against Islamic State.

Barbara Henning, wife of Alan Henning detailed about the good behavior of her husband saying "Alan is a peaceful, selfless man who left his family and his job as a taxi driver in the UK to drive in a convoy all the way to Syria with his Muslim colleagues and friends to help those most in need".

"When he was taken he was driving an ambulance full of food and water to be handed out to anyone in need. His purpose for being there was no more and no less. This was an act of sheer compassion".

Barbara Henning said she tried many times to communicate with the Islamic State and the ones who are holding her husband but didn't get any reply from them. She added "I pray that the people holding Alan respond to my messages and contact me before it is too late. When they hear this message I implore the people of the Islamic State to see it in their hearts to release my husband Alan Henning".

Four days after Alan Henning was captured, the commander of Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda affiliate met ISIS and opposed their actions of kidnapping and detaining non-Muslim for no reason considering them “wrong under Islamic law” and “counter-productive”. ISIS was also an affiliate of al-Qaeda at this point in time. Later it was denounced by al-Qaeda for its atrocities and formed the Islamic State. Initially, ISIS promised the commander of Jabhat al-Nusra to release him but later moved him from Al-Dana jail and never heard of him again.

ISIS mistook Alan Henning to a spy and blindly kidnapped him without listening to others aid workers around him at the time of kidnap. ISIS detained him for prisoner exchange.

On Wednesday, Sept 17 2014, 100 Muslim leader across the United Kingdom appealed to the Islamic State for the release of Alan Henning. The send a letter to 'The Independent' which said "We plead with those holding Alan Henning to see the errors of their ways". They added saying what the Islamic State is doing is committing "worst condemnable sin".

On Friday, Sept 19, 2014, three high-profile British Muslim clerics appealed to the Islamic State in a video to release Alan Henning said that killing the aid worker is against the Islamic law. Shaykh Haitham Al Haddad, a Judge for the Sharia Council in London, Imam Shakeel Begg, from the Lewisham Islamic Centre and Ustadh Abu Eesa, Director of Prophetic Guidance in Manchester were the ones who appealed.

Previously, Islamic State didn't consider Steven Sotloff's mothers plea and killed him. Wish the Islamic State change this time and listen to these pleas and release Alan Henning.
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On Friday, Sept 19, 2014, Baluch separatist leaders asked Pakistan to consider following the steps implemented by United Kingdom to let Scotland vote about its independence.

Dr Bashir Azeem, secretary general of the Baloch Republican Party said, "The Baluch have been struggling against the excesses and tyranny of Punjab-dominated establishment of Pakistan for decades".

Dr Bashir Azeem added, "If a fair referendum is conducted after creating an atmosphere for it, providing the opportunity to Baluch population for deciding their future, it is welcomed".

Baluchistan is rich in resources but poor is the largest among Pakistan's four provinces. Its seven million inhabitants from a longtime complained that they don't get a fair share of its gas and mineral wealth. They are also struggling from sectarian strife inside the province and Islamist violence in its northern Pashtun belt. The number of middle-class people of Baluch thinking independence is their only hope for more liberal and secular state is increasing.

Jamil Akbar Bugti, Dr Bashir Azeem's son said, "I stand for a free and fair referendum in Baluchistan under the United Nations".

"Let Baluch people who are struggling for their independence decide their future whether they want to stay with federation of Pakistan or break away".

Previously, on Wednesday, Sept 17, 2014, Kashmiri Separatists asked India to follow similar independence referendum like Scotland independence referendum and let them decide their future.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, hereditary Kashmiri religious and political leader and the chairman of the Awami Action Committee said, "We hope India will also change its approach and realize the fact that people's rights can't be trampled upon".

"It is encouraging that in a peaceful manner people will be deciding their future".

Kashmir issue was raised when Pakistan attacked India after the independence from Great Britain in 1947, since then, Kashmir was divided between India and Pakistan. The two nuclear neighboring countries fought three of their four wars for Kashmir.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Kashmiri separatist leader praised the United Kingdom for letting Scotland decide their future and asked them to pressure India to introduce such referendum.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani said, "India should learn lessons from UK and honor its commitment of granting right to self-determination to people of Kashmir".
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