In The Media
- (The Age) Latest Beheading Aimed at US Allies, Analyst Warns
- September 15, 2014
Laith Alkhouri, a senior analyst at a New York security consultancy firm that tracks militant websites, believes the most recent video of aid worker David Haines being killed was not so much aimed at the US or even its key ally Britain.
"The first video [beheading] was a direct message to America clearly, and the second was again a message to American nationals," said Mr Alkhouri, who is the director of Middle Eastern and North African research at the firm Flashpoint Partners.
"In the third one with Haines, [they] did not exactly mention that this is a message to Downing Street or to the British. It was a direct message to the allies of America. The focus is America is leading this war and this is a warning, don't be a part of this campaign or you are going to be the target.
"They are pretty clear that they are saying 'we would be targeting anyone who is aligning themselves with the US government.' "
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