Peter Edward Kassig, a former Army soldier who served in Iraq, is held captive by ISIS. This comes after Alan Henning, the UK man held hostage by ISIS, was reportedly beheaded by the group.
A video of his death was released by the group and was being shared on Twitter.
Another man, Peter Edward Kassig, is being held by the group.
The militant who beheaded Henning spoke with a British accent and appears to be the same person that beheaded three other Western hostages.
He said, “The blood of David Haines was on your hands Cameron, Alan Henning will also be slaughtered but his blood is on the hands of the British parliament. Obama you have started your aerial bombardment which keeps on striking our people, so it’s only right we continue to strike the necks of your people.”
Regarding Kassig, he’s a veteran of the Iraq war. According to a TIME magazine profile of him last year, he’s a former Army ranger who went to Iraq in 2007.
Kassig had an organization dedicated to helping Syrian refugees called Special Emergency Response and Assistance — SERA.
The focus of the group was “providing Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Syria with medical assistance, medical supplies, and clothing for refugees, and non-perishable food as well as cooking fuel, cooking stoves,” Time wrote.
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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS update:
Video: Islamic State group beheads British hostage
CAIRO (AP) — An Internet video released Friday purports to show an Islamic State group fighter beheading British hostage Alan Henning and threatening yet another American captive, the fourth such killing carried out by the extremist group now targeted in U.S.-led airstrikes.
The video mirrored other beheading videos shot by the Islamic State group, which now holds territory along the border of Syria and Iraq. It ended with an Islamic State fighter threatening a man they identified as an American.
“Obama, you have started your aerial bombardment of Shams (Syria), which keeps on striking our people, so it is only right that we continue to strike the neck of your people,” the masked militant said.
The Associated Press could not immediately verify the video’s authenticity, though it was released in the same manner as other Islamic State group videos and the masked militant sounded similar to the one who carried out the other slayings.
The British Foreign Office had no immediate comment, nor did officials in Washington.
This is the fourth such video released by the Islamic State group. The full beheadings are not shown in the videos, but the British-accented, English-speaking militant holds a long knife and appears to begin cutting the three men, American reporters James Foley and Steven Sotloff and British aid worker David Haines.
Henning, 47, nicknamed “Gadget,” had joined an aid convoy and was taken captive on Dec. 26, shortly after crossing the border between Turkey and Syria. Earlier this week, Henning’s wife Barbara Henning asked the militants in a televised plea: “Please release him. We need him back home.”
Dozens of Muslim leaders in Britain have urged the Islamic State group to release Alan Henning. His wife had said she had been given hope by “the outcry across the world” over her husband’s imprisonment.