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US Hostage's Parents Beg ISIS to Respond to Appeals

Friday, 24 Oct 2014 01:57 PM

The parents of American hostage Abdul-Rahman Kassig have sent a desperate plea to Islamic State terrorists begging them to respond to their requests to spare their son's life.

Paula Kassig of Indianapolis posted a Twitter message Thursday on behalf of herself and her husband Ed, asking the violent Sunni extremists to allow their aid worker son to "continue to live his life in accordance with the laws of Islam," according to CNN.

Kassig, 26, changed his name from Peter after converting to Islam following his capture by Islamic State (ISIS) fighters in October 2013 while he was in Syria on an aid mission.

In recent weeks, the Islamic State has released horrifying videos showing the beheadings of four hostages: American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning.

During the Henning video released earlier this month, the extremists threatened to kill Kassig next, leading to his mother attempting to reach out to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi through Twitter.

"I am an old woman, and Abdul-Rahman is my only child," she tweeted. "My husband and I are on our own, with no help from the government. We would like to talk to you. How can we reach you?"

Kassig's parents have also released a YouTube video imploring the Islamic State jihadists to "use their power to let our son go."

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Kassig joined the U.S. Army in 2006 and was sent to Iraq; he was given an honorable discharge for medical reasons, CNN reported. After a brief marriage, he founded a nonprofit group to provide humanitarian and medical aid to Syrian refugees, which he ran from a base in Turkey.

"I am not a doctor. I am not a nurse," he said in a 2012 interview, according to CNN. "But I am a guy who can clean up bandages, help clean up patients, swap out bandages, help run IVs, make people's quality of life a little bit better.”

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