Posted on August 20, 2014
David Cameron is breaking off from his holiday in Cornwall to return to London after the “shocking and depraved” apparent beheading of an American journalist by a British Islamist extremist, Downing Street said.
The announcement came after Philip Hammond, the foreign secretary, acknowledged on Wednesday that a Briton appeared to be responsible for the killing, which was shown in a video released by Islamic State (Isis) militants.
A Number 10 spokeswoman said: “If true, the brutal murder of James Foley is shocking and depraved.
“The prime minister is returning to Downing Street this morning. He will meet with the foreign secretary and senior officials from the Home Office, Foreign Office and the agencies to discuss the situation in Iraq and Syria and the threat posed by Isil [Islamic State] terrorists.”