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January 16, 2015

U.K. Regulator Takes Over ISIS Beheading Victim's Charity

Britain's Charity Commission has taken over operation of Al-Fatiha Global, the organization for which executed aid worker Alan Henning was volunteering, amid allegations that the charity has links to Islamist extremists, the BBC reports. Mr. Henning, a 47-year-old taxi driver from Salford, England, was beheaded by the Islamic State in October, nine months after he was kidnapped following his arrival in Syria to drive supply trucks for the aid group.

The commission began investigating Al-Fatiha last year over alleged "inappropriate links between the charity and individuals purportedly involved in supporting armed or other inappropriate activities in Syria." The regulatory agency has appointed a lawyer as interim manager to run day-to-day operations for the nonprofit, which aims to provide humanitarian aid to conflict zones.