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The Islamic State released a video showing British hostage John Cantlie, a journalist seized in Syria in November 2012, promising to show "the truth" about the IS in future videos. UK Muslim groups and leaders called for the IS to release British aid worker Alan Henning, whom IS recently threatened to murder.
The government is said to be giving serious consideration to joining the military airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq. As part of an ongoing investigation, counterterrorism police raided a house in Cardiff and seized materials from it.
Prime Minister Cameron vowed that Britain will hunt down the Islamic State killers of UK citizen David Haines. He listed steps the UK will take against the Islamic State, including supporting US airstrikes, but did not indicate that the UK will be conducting airstrikes. Police are questioning a man who boarded a crowded train in London during rush hour on Sept. 11 and announced he had a bomb.
Defence Secretary Hammond said after consulting with his German counterpart that the UK will not be taking part in any airstrikes in Syria, as that was ruled out last year. The Prime Minister's office maintained, however, that regarding the use of air power and the like in Syria, "nothing has been ruled out," and said Hammond had been referring to strikes against the Assad regime.
The UK is sending £1.6 worth of arms and ammunition to the Iraqi government and the Kurdish regional government in Iraq to help them in their battle against the Islamic State. Defence Secretary Fallon described the shipment as "an initial gifting package" sent at the request of the Iraqi government.
Authorities evacuated Luton Airport, about 30 miles north of London, after a suspicious item was found in the security search area. Incoming flights were canceled and the airport road was closed. The item was later destroyed in a "controlled explosion." Sir Peter Wall, the outgoing head of the Army, warned that the UK has little idea of the capabilities and strength of the Islamic State, but said the organization "will pose an even great threat if we take no action against them."