ISIS Claims Beheading Of American Aid Worker & Army Veteran Peter Kassig (VIDEO)

A family and entire nation is hurting after ISIS claims to have beheaded a fifth Western hostage -- American Peter Kassig, an aid worker and former Army Ranger who was abducted in Syria in October 2013. The Islamic extremist group released a 16-minute video that shows a militant standing over a severed head and saying, "This is Peter Edward Kassig, a U.S. citizen, of your country; Peter who fought against the Muslims in Iraq, while serving as a soldier."


Kassig, 26, who reportedly changed his name to Abdul-Rahman after converting to Islam, was not shown alive in the video prior to ISIS reportedly beheading him. His family says they are waiting to find out whether the video is authentic and have declined further comment at this time. The veiled man speaking in the video has a British accent and does not name the alleged victim.

Kassig is a former U.S. Army Ranger from Indiana who was honorably discharged for medical reasons in 2007. Prior to his capture, he worked for charities as an emergency medical technician in Lebanon and Syria. He reportedly converted to Islam while he was a hostage of the radical jihadist group.

Kassig's family released part of a heartbreaking letter they received from him in which he confessed he was afraid of what was going to happen to him: "I am obviously pretty scared to die but the hardest part is not knowing, wondering, hoping, and wondering if I should even hope at all," he wrote. "I am very sad that all this has happened and for what all of you back home are going through. If I do die, I figure that at least you and I can seek refuge and comfort knowing that I went out as a result of trying to alleviate suffering and helping those in need."

Our hearts go out to this family as they wait to hear more.


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