In the aftermath of the horrendous beheading of an innocent taxi driver and aid worker from Manchester, a spokesman for Al Qaeda has said that even they tried to negotiate his freedom.
The terrorist group sent a representative to bargain with the Islamic State fighters who were holding him hostage but failed to get him released
Mr. Kareem said: “They had a course of action that they were going to take and nobody was going to be able to talk them out of it.
“Even the affiliates al Nusra went there to talk to them because nobody outside of ISIS thought this was a good idea, nobody thought that it was OK to do this, none of the other groups were doing that, nobody thought it was a good idea.
“When the al Qaeda representative went to go down and try to talk to them he returned, his face was different, he said something to the effect these guys are really being difficult, really being tough but they did say that they were going to release him.
“Everybody was anticipating that but that never happened.”
He went on to say: “Henning, who was helping to make an aid delivery in Syria, was captured just an hour after arriving in al-Dana, around 30 minutes from the Turkish border, on Boxing Day. Islamic State fighters had arrived in the town and detained all of those in the convoy but quickly released the Muslim members, holding only Mr. Henning.”
“He was set to be released later that day or even the next but when that did not happen people started to worry. They were planning to exchange him for people in British custody.”
Tributes have poured in since Friday 3rd October, and Friends say Alan Henning was never involved in politics or talked about current affairs or religion, and was a cheerful, happy personality, who was always eager to help others.
Smiling for the cameras, Mr. Henning, 47, filmed at the Turkish border shortly before his capture, said: “It’s all worthwhile when you see what is needed actually get to where it needs to go. That makes it all worthwhile.
“No sacrifice we do is nothing compared to what they are going through every day, on a daily basis.”
He had given up Christmas to help with the convoy of food to the children of Syria.