An appeal was made by Al-Qaida to ISIS to release the British hostage Alan Henning who was abducted during Christmas last year. Al-Qaida made this appeal because it believed that he was an innocent aid worker who was genuinely trying to help suffering Muslims.
Mr Henning, a taxi driver from Eccles, Salford, was shown towards the end of the video footage in which the IS jihadist beheaded the British hostage David Haines in Syria recently. The IS extremist threatened Henning would be beheaded next if the UK government does not scale down its anti-IS measures in Iraq.
A representative of Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda-front in Syria, was said to have spoken to the captors shortly after Henning was kidnapped.
According to a journalist, who interviewed the Al-Qaida-backed representative, the group had told IS their actions are “wrong under Islamic law and counter-productive.”
Mean while the IS jihadists were purportedly obstinate that Henning was acting as a spy and hence did not want to release him despite internal squabbling among the militants.
Henning was snatched when he was travelling with a humanitarian aid convoy from Turkey to Syria.