Sunday, October 5, 2014

More barbarity

Latest ISIS Captive Is Peter Kassig, Former U.S. Soldier

Peter Kassig, former U.S. Soldier,
ISIS hostage / Image:  Peter Kassig / SERA
By Megan Specia, Oct. 5, 2014,

In the latest video released by extremist militant group the Islamic State, a masked jihadi identifies a young American aid worker and former solider as the most recent hostage.

White House officials and the man's family on Friday confirmed he was U.S. citizen Peter Kassig.

"We can confirm that U.S. citizen Peter Kassig is being held by ISIL," said NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden, using the White House's preferred acronym for the Islamic State. "At this point we have no reason to doubt the authenticity of the video ... we will continue to use every tool at our disposal — military, diplomatic, law enforcement and intelligence -– to try to bring Peter home to his family."

Kassig, reportedly a former U.S. Army Ranger who served in the Iraq War, is seen kneeling in a desert setting donning the orange jumpsuit shown in previous hostage videos. The masked militant threatens to behead Kassig, directing this message to President Obama: "We continue to strike the necks of your people."

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