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Australia To Send Personnel, Aircraft to Join International Coalition Against IS


iStock/Thinkstock(CANBERRA, Australia) -- Australia will send personnel and aircraft to the United Arab Emirates in an effort to assist in the international coalition against ISIS, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Sunday. In response to a request from the U.S. government, the country's Defence Force is set to prepare a Special Operations Task Group to help security forces in the region. "We are not deploying combat troops but contributing to international efforts to prevent the humanitarian crisis from deepening," Abbott said in a statement.The announcement comes one day after the release of a video showing the apparent execution of a British hostage at the hands of the militant group."The ISIL [ISIS] death cult threatens the people of Iraq, the region and the wider world. The conflict has reached out to Australia, with at least 60 Australians fighting with ISIL [ISIS] and other terrorist groups and another 100 or so supporting these extremists," the prime minister continued. "This situation is as much a matter of domestic security as it is of international security."Australia has already provided air-lift assistance to Iraq, including humanitarian air drops to stranded residents and the movement of arms and munitions.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

British PM on New ISIS Beheading: 'They're Not Muslims, [But] Monsters'


Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(LONDON) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron said Sunday that the brutal beheading of a British aid worker by the terror group ISIS, which follows the execution of two American journalists, showed exactly why the U.K. needed to work to destroy the organization, "the embodiment of evil.""The fact that an aid worker was taken, held and brutally murdered at the hands of ISIL [ISIS] sums up what this organization stands for," Cameron said in an address to the British people. "They boast of their brutality; they claim to do this in the name of Islam. That is nonsense. Islam is a religion of peace. They are not Muslims, they are monsters."Cameron spoke hours after a video emerged online that appeared to show the murder of British citizen David Haines at the hands of a black clad ISIS militant. Before his death, Haines reads from a scripted statement, saying Cameron is "entirely responsible" for his impending murder."You entered voluntarily into a coalition with the United States against the Islamic State [ISIS], just as your predecessor Tony Blair did, following a trend amongst British Prime Ministers who can't find the courage to say no to the Americans," Haines says.Sunday, Cameron said the U.K. would not be cowed."We cannot just walk on by if we are to keep this country safe; we have to confront this menace," he said. "Step by step, we must drive back, dismantle and ultimately destroy ISIL [ISIS] and what it stands for. We will do so in a calm and deliberate way, but with an iron determination. We will not do so on our own, but by working closely with our allies, not just the United States and in Europe, but also in the region because this organization poses a massive threat to the entire Middle East."Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

ISIS Appears to Kill British Hostage in New Video


(New York) -- The terror group ISIS appears to have executed a British hostage, as seen on a video released online today, making David Haines the third Western hostage the group is believed to have killed in such a public, brutal fashion.Prior to his apparent beheading, Haines is seen kneeling in an orange jumpsuit next to an armed militant clad entirely in black. Haines gives a statement in which he says British Prime Minister David Cameron is “entirely responsible for [his] execution.”“You entered voluntarily into a coalition with the United States against the Islamic State [ISIS], just as your predecessor Tony Blair did, following a trend amongst British Prime Ministers who can’t find the courage to say no to the Americans,” Haines says.In another section of the video, the would-be executioner says, “This British man has to pay the price for your promise, Cameron, to arm the peshmerga against the Islamic State.” The peshmerga are Kurdish forces who, along with Iraqi forces and heavy American air support, dealt ISIS a major blow by wresting from the terror group control of the Mosul Dam last month. 'So Little Compassion': James Foley's Family Says Officials Threatened Family Over Ransom Steven Sotloff's Family Breaks Silence: 'A Mere Man Trying to Find Good' New Rescue Mission for ISIS Hostages Difficult, But Still Possible, Experts Say The new video is similar to two previously released by ISIS in which two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, appeared to be separately beheaded. In those videos, a black clad militant addresses President Obama, warning America to stop its aggressive bombing campaign against ISIS. Haines was previously seen at the end of the Sotloff video, ISIS implying that he would be next. Similarly, another hostage appears at the end of this new ISIS video.Cameron reacted to the video on Twitter, saying the "murder of David Haines is an act of pure evil.""We will do everything in our power to hunt down these murderers and ensure they face justice, however long it takes," Cameron's Twitter account said.American intelligence officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment, and the White House National Security Council referred ABC News' questions to the British government.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

US Military Conducts Two More Airstrikes Near Mosul Dam


iStock/Thinkstock(MOSUL, Iraq) -- U.S. military forces continued airstrikes in Iraq this week, targeting ISIS forces near the Mosul Dam. Crews used attack aircraft to conduct two strikes Thursday and Friday in support of Iraqi Security Forces defending Irbil. The assaults took down two ISIS armed vehicles, according to the United States Central Command. "These strikes were conducted under authority to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and support Iraqi forces that are acting in furtherance of these objectives," officials said in a statement Friday. The U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 158 airstrikes across the country.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Pope Francis Speaks Against 'Piecemeal' World War III


Franco Origlia/Getty Images(ROME) -- At a mass in front of Italy's biggest war memorial in Redipuglia, Pope Francis denounced war as "insanity," saying numerous conflicts around the world today constitute a "piecemeal" World War III. The pontiff condemed the arms trade and terrorism during his statements Saturday, saying wars are fueled by ambition and intolerance that are later justified by ideology, or a complete disregard for others' lives. In August, the pope said it would be legitimate for the international community to use force in order to stop "unjust aggression" by terrorist groups, including Islamic State militants who have carried out genocide against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Terror Cell Discovered in Uganda, 'Imminent Attack' Planned


iStock/Thinkstock(KAMPALA, Uganda) -- Ugandan authorities discovered an al-Shabaab terrorist cell in the country's capital, U.S. Embassy officials announced Saturday. The findings appear to be linked to plans "for an imminent attack," with officials warning U.S. citizens to remain at home or in a safe location until the issue is cleared. "At this point we are not aware of specific targets, and the Ugandan authorities have increased security at key sites, including Entebbe International Airport," the statement reads. Citizens are cautioned to be aware of surroundings, avoid crowds, monitor local news stations and "maintain a high level of vigilance."Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio