• Islamic State claims beheading of US aid worker Peter Kassig

    Date: 2019.02.16 | Category: 南京夜网 | Tags:

    Peter Kassig delivering aid last year. Photo: AFP/Kassig family
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    Peter Kassig delivering aid last year. Photo: AFP/Kassig family

    Peter Kassig delivering aid last year. Photo: AFP/Kassig family

    Peter Kassig delivering aid last year. Photo: AFP/Kassig family

    Threatening “slaughter” on Western streets, the Islamic State has released a video purporting to show the execution of US aid worker Peter Abdul-Rahman Kassig along with at least 12 Syrians.

    The horrifyingly graphic 15-minute video shows unmasked IS militants beheading a group of men – believed to be Syrian soldiers – then shows the decapitated head of 26-year-old Mr Kassig at the feet of the one masked insurgent in the group.

    The masked man, believed to be the militant dubbed “Jihadi John” from the previous videos that showed the execution of US journalists James Foley and Steve Sotloff and two British aid worker Alan Henning and David Haines, says: “This is Peter Edward Kassig, a US citizen.”

    “To Obama, the dog of Rome. Today we are slaughtering the soldiers of Bashar and tomorrow we will be slaughtering your soldiers and with Allah’s permission we will break this final and last crusade and the Islamic State will soon, like your puppet David Cameron said, begin to slaughter your people on your streets.”

    It is not possible to confirm the authenticity of the video.

    Mr Kassig served in the US Army in Iraq in 2007 and in 2013, after spending time with Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, started his own aid organisation – Special Emergency Response and Assistance (SERA) – and travelled to Syria as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician, his family said.

    He converted to Islam and took the name Abdul-Rahman before he was captured by the Islamic State, they said.

    Mr Kassig was on his way to the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor, transporting medical supplies for desperately under-resourced hospitals when he was captured on October 1, 2013.

    His parents, Ed and Paula Kassig, issued a statement on Sunday as news of the video depicting their son’s brutal death broke.

    “We are aware of the news reports being circulated about our treasured son and are waiting for confirmation from the government as to the authenticity of these reports.”

    They asked the media to refrain from publishing or broadcasting photographs or video distributed by the hostage takers.

    “We prefer our son is written about and remembered for his important work and the love he shared with friends and family, not in the manner the hostage takers would use to manipulate Americans and further their cause,” their statement reads.

    Described as someone who would “help refugees out of his own pocket”, Mr Kassig said he felt driven to help those injured in the more than three-year long civil war.

    “In an area of Syria where many doctors had fled, Abdul-Rahman went directly into Syria to help those in need and his organisation, SERA, provided first aid training to civilians so they could treat the injured and save lives,” his family said in a statement released in October.

    The US National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said intelligence agencies were working to confirm the authenticity of the video.

    If it is authentic, she said, the White House would be “appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American aid worker.”

    British Prime Minister David Cameron said he was horrified by the “cold-blooded murder … ISIL have again shown their depravity”.

    Along with its Western media victims, the Islamic State has killed at least 17 Iraqi journalists in the last year, the media rights group Reporters Without Borders says.

    Since its bloody war began in March 2011, more than 200,000 Syrians have been killed and Syria has grown into the most dangerous country in the world for journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists says.

    In addition to the deaths of Foley and Sotloff, at least 70 other journalists have been killed covering the conflict, most of them Syrian.

    An unprecedented number of journalists have also been taken hostage – 80 over the last three years, the CPJ says. Around 20 reporters, mostly Syrian, are missing and suspected of being held by the Islamic State.

    A third Briton, photographer John Cantlie, is still being held by the Islamic State, and has been forced to appear in a series of “news videos” by his captors.

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