October 16, 2021


BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State militants said in a video on Sunday they had beheaded American hostage Peter Kassig and warned the United States they would kill other U.S. citizens “on your streets”.

The announcement of Kassig’s death, in what would be the fifth such killing of a Western captive by the group, formed part of a 15-minute video posted online in which Islamic State showed the beheadings of at least 14 men it said were pilots and officers loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

In Washington, President Barack Obama’s National Security Council (NSC) said the U.S. government was working to confirm the authenticity of the claim.

“If confirmed, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American aid worker and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends,” NSC spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement. Other Western leaders and officials also condemned the killing.