Indiana aid worker threatened in Syria is Army vet
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The family of a former Army Ranger threatened in a video with beheading by militants in Syria says the man moved to the Middle East to provide humanitarian aid to war refugees.
The video released Friday appears to show 26-year-old Peter Kassig of Indianapolis kneeling as a masked militant says he will be killed next, after the purported beheading of British hostage Alan Henning.
A National Security Council spokeswoman confirmed Friday that Kassig was being held by Islamic State militants and said the council had no reason to doubt the authenticity of the video.
Kassig’s parents say their son served in the Iraq war and was honorably discharged.
Kassig traveled to Lebanon in 2012 to work as a medical assistant in border hospitals. He has been held since October 2013.