New ISIS video purportedly shows beheading of Hoosier native Kassig

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Abdul-Rahman (formerly Peter) Kassig

(Nov. 16, 2014) – A video purporting to show the ISIS killing of Indianapolis native Abdul-Rahman (formerly Peter) Kassig, has been posted to the internet, according to national and world media reports. The video has not been verified.

The 26-year-old U.S. aid worker, who changed his name to Abdul-Rahman, was taken hostage in Syria by the Islamic State.

Friends and family have made several pleas in recent weeks, begging ISIS to spare Kassig’s life.

Kassig served in the U.S. military during the Iraq war before being medically discharged. He then became an emergency medical technician, volunteering in hospitals and treating Palestinian refugees and those fleeing civil war in Syria.

The news of Kassig’s death broke hours after the British man dubbed “Jihadi John,” believed to be the man behind other ISIS murders, was reported to have been killed in U.S. airstrikes.