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September 17, 2014

UK Probes ISIS Hostage's Charity for Alleged Extremist Ties

British charity regulators are investigating the aid organization that employed Alan Henning, who is being held hostage by the Islamic State terror group, over possible links to jihadist fighters, Bloomberg reports. A spokeswoman for the U.K. Charity Commission said it began monitoring Worcester-based Al-Fatiha Global last year and launched a full probe in March.

There is no indication of wrongdoing by Mr. Henning, who according to The Telegraph was seized in Syria in December while driving an aid convoy for Aid4Syria, an Al-Fatiha affiliate. He was identified by Islamic State as its next victim in a video released Saturday showing the execution of another British aid worker, David Haines.

In a statement on its website, the Charity Commission said it is investigating reports of Al-Fatiha ties to "individuals purportedly involved in supporting armed or other inappropriate activities in Syria." The organization has filed an appeal against the regulator's inquiry.