With the ISIS Threat rising, more and more videos and threats are being released.
ISIS has kept their word on every video so far…
Now they’re threatening the life of a former U.S. Army Ranger named Peter Kassing, (who later changed his name to Abdul-Rahman)…. He is originally from Indiana and his family still lives in Indianapolis!
The threat against Kassig’s life came in a video released Friday by the terrorist group. The video shows the brutal execution of Alan Henning, a British humanitarian aid worker, then concludes by showing Kassig kneeling in the desert beside a masked man.
It’s the latest in a series of videos released by ISIS, all of which show apparent beheadings. The videos uniformly end with a threat against a western ISIS prisoner, and so far the extremist organization has followed through with each of those threats.
Kassig originally hails from Indiana and his family still lives in Indianapolis. Though little is publicly known about Kassig’s youth, he eventually studied political scienceat Butler University and later trained as an emergency medical technician.According to CNN, Kassig also married, then quickly divorced sometime after 2010.
According to a 2013 Time profile, Kassig deployed to Iraq in 2007. The Army later honorably discharged Kassig for medical reasons, his family reported Friday.
The Indiana native said he returned to the Middle East because he needed a change.
Kassig traveled to Lebanon after his divorce because he “needed to make a drastic decision” and because he “needed a game changer,” he told CNN. Later, Kassig toldTime he wanted “to better understand my role in the conflict in Iraq.”
In June 2012, CNN reported that Kassig was using his training as an EMT to work in Lebanese border hospitals. According to his family, he had only been in Lebanon for a month at the time.
By fall of 2012, Kassig had founded Special Emergency Response and Assistance, or SERA. The organization’s mission was to provide food and medical supplies, among other things, for refugees of the Syrian civil war. A fundraising pagelaunched in January of 2013 shows Kassig hoped to raise $10,000 for SERA.
In the Time profile, Kassig spoke extensively about SERA. At the time — January 2013 — the organization had just finished its first operation, which involved SERA members driving stoves, food, and fuel across the Syrian border. They delivered it directly to refugees. Kassig told Time that he was trying to fill a previously empty niche by interacting directly with those in need of aid.
“At the end of the day this work is really the only thing that I have found that gives my life both meaning and direction,” Kassig said.
At other times, Kassig also worked as a medic in Syria.
Here’s a statement from his parents: