Peter Kassig: Isis hostage threatened with death was captured on aid mission
Militants say Kassig, from Indiana, will be next western hostage to die unless US stops its bombing campaign against Isis
Islamic State militants have threatened to kill another American in a video released on Friday that shows the murder of the British aid worker Alan Henning.
Isis identified the man as Peter Edward Kassig, and said he would be the next western hostage to die unless the US-led coalition stopped its bombing campaign against the militant group in Iraq and Syria.
A statement by Kassig’s parents, Ed and Paula Kassig of Indianapolis, confirmed that he was a hostage. They said he was captured in October last year, while undertaking humanitarian work in Syria.
Kassig appears at the end of the Henning video, as his captor threatens he will be killed in retribution for US-led air strikes. “Obama, you have started your aerial bombardment of Sham, which keeps on striking our people, so it is only right that we continue to strike the neck of your people,” a masked militant in the video said, referring to the area of Iraq and Syria overrun by Isis.
Kassig’s parents appealed for support and expressed sympathy for Henning’s family. “The Kassig family extends our concern for the family of Alan Henning. We have read about his work and his generous character with great respect and …read more at theguardian.com