Obama condemns 'brutal murder' of British hostage Alan Henning

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Breaking News: Islamic Militants Claiming Murder of Alan Henning

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the United States strongly condemns the "brutal murder" of a British hostage by the Islamic State group.

Obama says in a statement that Alan Henning worked to improve the lives of the Syrian people and his death is a loss for them, as well as his family and Britain. Obama says the U.S., along with Britain and other allies, will work to bring those responsible for Henning's death to justice.

An Internet video released Friday purports to show an Islamic State group fighter beheading Henning, the fourth such killing carried out by the extremist group now targeted in U.S.-led airstrikes.

The president also says that the U.S. and other nations will continue to take action to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the Islamic State group.

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