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Graphic IS Video Claims US Aid Worker Kassig Beheaded 

Islamic State Kassig


A new graphic video by the militant Islamic State group claims that U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig has been beheaded.

In the nearly 16-minute video uploaded to social networks on Sunday, a black-clad militant with his face concealed stands before a severed head that he claims is that of the U.S. aid worker.

Kassig, 26, was captured last year while helping provide medical aid to Syrians. His friends say he converted to Islam in captivity and changed his name to Abdul-Rahman.

The video also showed what appeared to be the mass beheading of several captured Syrian soldiers.

It was not immediately possible to confirm that Kassig was pictured in the video. Family representatives were not immediately available for comment.


Mideast Lebanon Islamic State Kassig : Syrian refugees,   doctor Ahmed Obaid,   left,   Firas Mousa,   center,   and Safwan Khatib,   right,   all colleagues of American aid worker Peter Kassig,   26,   who converted to Islam while in captivity and changed his name to Abdul-Rahman Kassig,   hold up signs during a press conference in the northern port city of Tripoli,   Lebanon,   Saturday,   Nov. 8,   2014. Several Syrian friends of Kassig who is held by the Islamic State group and threatened of being beheaded have called for his release saying he converted to Islam and was helping Syrians. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)





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