ISIS has claimed another American victim as they have reportedly posted a video of the murder of American Kassig, an American aid worker.
Islamic State militants have beheaded US aid worker Peter Kassig even though he converted to Islam, a video posted on social media shows.
After conversion during captivity, Kassig took the name Abdul-Rahman.
Kassig, 26, was captured on October 1, 2013, by Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants. He had served in Iraq before becoming a medical technician. In May 2012, he travelled to Lebanon where he volunteered in hospitals.
His parents, Ed and Paula Kassig from Indiana, recorded a video message in May 2014 appealing for their son’s release.
“As Muslims around the world, including our son Abdul-Rahman Kassig, celebrate Eid al-Adha, the faith and sacrifice of Ibrahim, and the mercy of Allah, we appeal to those holding our son to show the same mercy and set him free,” they said in a statement.
Some pictures from social media:
— Camilla Schick (@CamJourno) November 16, 2014
The video also showed other beheadings as well:
The footage released on Sunday showed the beheading of at least 12 people, whom ISIL said were Syrian pilots and officers in President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.
This clip has been circulated through credible social media accounts that have previously shared videos that were later verfied, Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan, said.
But it remains hard to verify the authenticity of the footage, Khan, reporting from Iraq, said. ISIL has taken control of large swathes of Syria and Iraq and declared a self-styled caliphate.
“To Obama the dog of rome, today we are slaughtering the soldiers of Bashar and tomorrow we are slaughtering your soldiers and with god’s permission we will break this final and last crusade,” a masked man said before he beheaded one of the men.
And still it doesn’t seem like Obama is taking this “JV team” seriously yet.