Kassig is the latest of five US and UK hostages to have been murdered² in cold blood in Syria as part of a propaganda initiative by Isis.
He was deployed to Iraq in 2007 while serving the military as an Army Ranger. He would later return to the region on a humanitarian mission to help refugees from the Syrian Civil War.¹
The British prime minister, David Cameron, said: “These beheading show once again what a depraved organization this is,” and described Kassig as a “selfless humanitarian worker”.
Kassig, a 26-year-old charity worker from Indiana, was taken hostage on 1 October 2013 while on his way to Deir Ezzour in eastern Syria as part of his humanitarian work.
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A former US Army Ranger, Mr Kassig was honorably discharged after 15-months service – including a stint in Iraq – and had retrained as a medical emergency technician before founding an aid group to help Syrians caught up in their nation’s brutal civil conflict. [© independent.co.uk]
Survivors include his parents, Ed and Paula Kassig, Indianapolis, who said Sunday they were "heartbroken" by the news and pledged to "work every day to keep his legacy alive as best we can.""We are heartbroken to learn that our son, Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig, has lost his life as a result of his love for the Syrian people and his desire to ease their suffering," they said in a prepared statement. "Our heart also goes out to the families of the Syrians who lost their lives, along with our son." They urged well-wishers to donate in their son's honor to the Syrian American Medical Society Foundation, 3360 Stutz Drive, Suite 100, Canfield, Ohio, 44406. [© 2014 www.indystar.com. All rights reserved.]
I am almost without words! Never in my wildest dream have I imagined grieving for the lose of an American Honorable Veteran having been “beheaded”!
What more could Peter Kassig have done in a humanitarian effort for anyone living human and more over for the peoples of the middle east.
In what kind of a world or country or religious belief can any civilization have a belief that their supreme potentate be honored through beheading.
2 Samuel 1:12And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the Lord, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword. (KJV)
What else may we do beside following King David of the Bible to Mourn the loss of U.S. Army Ranger Veteran; Peter Kassig.
David and all the “people of the Lord” mourned, and wept, and fasted because they had “fallen by the sword.”
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