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Islamic State claims to have beheaded U.S. hostage Peter Kassig

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 01:07

Islamic State militants say in a video they have beheaded U.S. hostage Peter Kassig and warn the U.S. they would kill other U.S. citizens ''on your streets''. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) UNKNOWN ISLAMIC STATE FIGHTER, SAYING: "This is Peter Kassig, a U.S. citizen of your country." Islamic State claim they have beheaded American hostage Peter Kassig -- taken captive on his way to eastern syria in 2013 to do humanitarian work. This new video posted online does NOT show the beheading... it shows a masked man standing with a decapitated head covered in blood lying at his feet. Islamic State, seen here in file video, released the 15-minute video which also shows the militants beheading at least 14 men, which they say were pilots and officers loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The U.S. government is trying to confirm the authenticity of the video. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNKNOWN ISLAMIC STATE FIGHTER, SAYING "Peter, who fought against the Muslims in Iraq while serving as a soldier under the American army, doesn't have much to say." Kassig's parents said in a statement Sunday morning they were aware of the news and asked for privacy. If confirmed, Kassig's beheading would be the fifth such killing of a Westerner by Islamic State.

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Islamic State claims to have beheaded U.S. hostage Peter Kassig

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 01:07