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Moazzam Begg 'could have secured Henning's release'

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg offered to help the Government secure the release of British hostage Alan Henning from Islamic State (IS) extremists but was rebuffed, he claimed today.

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Alan Henning's brother asks Begg to help other IS captives

Alan Henning's brother Reg has urged Moazzam Begg to make similar efforts to save the lives of other hostages held by Islamic State (IS) militants, including British photojournalist John Cantlie and US aid worker Peter Kassig.

Reg Henning gave interviews for the first time yesterday.

Reg Henning told the BBC:

If possible I would have liked anyone to have saved Alan's life, regardless of their history or background.

If Moazzam Begg believes he could have saved my brother's life I would ask him to make the same efforts to save the lives of all hostages in Syria including John Cantlie and Peter Kassig.

– Reg Henning

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