Missile Strike Kills ISIS Leader Involved in American Veteran’s Beheading
Peter Kassig was an Army Ranger who, after his deployment, went back to Syria as a humanitarian aid worker and medic. He was captured in 2013 and beheaded on November 16, 2014. An ISIS leader involved in his gruesome death was killed in a missile strike, along with several other leaders on December 2, 2018.
“Coalition forces conducted precision strikes against a senior ISIS member, and killed Abu al Umarayn, and several other ISIS members on Dec. 2 in the Badiyah Desert, Syria… Al Umarayn had given indications of posing an imminent threat to Coalition Forces and he was involved in the killing of American Citizen and former U.S. Army Ranger, Peter Kassig…Al-Umarayn has been linked to and directly involved with executing several other prisoners as a senior ISIS member.” Pentagon statement
Peter Kassig decided to return to Syria with an aid organization he founded called Special Emergency Response and Assistance. He was captured by ISIS at the height of their beheading binge in 2013 when “Jihadi John” was active in videotaping his heinous crimes.
The Daily Caller reported in 2014:
Kassig was killed, the terrorist says in the video, because he “fought against the Muslims in Iraq, while serving as a soldier.”
The 26-year-old Kassig, an Indiana native, served in Iraq in 2007 in the U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment.
In 2012, Kassig founded a humanitarian non-governmental organization aimed at helping Syrians affected by the country’s ongoing civil war. He reportedly fell into the hands of ISIS after being captured last October.
While in captivity, Kassig wrote a letter to his parents:
“I am very sad that all this has happened and for what all of you back home are going through. If I do die, I figure that at least you and I can seek refuge and comfort in knowing that I went out as a result of trying to alleviate suffering and helping those in need.” Peter Kassig
Kassig allegedly “converted to Islam” and changed his name to Abdul Rahman while he was held captive. Allegedly because ISIS was notorious for forced conversions, and then killing the victims anyway. Kassig fell victim to the ruthless kidnappings and deaths that were common during that time.
At least there is a small modicum of justice now that Al-Umarayn is gone.