Family of American Hostage Being Held By ISIS Pleads for his Release

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 The parents of an Indiana man who’s being held by the militant group ISIS are pleading for his life. Their appeal comes a day after ISIS released another video that appears to show the beheading of a British hostage, and threatens the life of the American.

The parents of an American held by ISIS released a video message Saturday, pleading for his release.

“We implore his captors to show mercy and use their power to let our son go,” said  Ed Kassig, Father of hostage Peter Kassig.

26 year old Peter Kassig, who changed his name to Abdul-Rachman while in captivity, was taken hostage last October 1st in Syria. His parents say he started an organization to help Syria by training civilians and giving food, clothing and medical aid to those in need.

“We are so very proud of the work you have done to bring aid to the Syrian people. Most of all, know that we love you. And our hearts ache for you to be granted your freedom, so we can hug you again,” said Peter’s Mother Paula Kassig.

In the latest ISIS video, a militant executed British aid worker Alan Henning, and threatened Kassig’s life. The militant says the beheading is retaliation for Britain joining US airstrikes against ISIS.

British Prime Minister David Cameron denounced the execution.

“Anyone in any doubt about this organization can now see how truly repulsive and barbaric it is,” Cameron said.

 ISIS fighters are using brutal tactics to capture land in Iraq and Syria.  Henning is the fourth western hostage the group has executed in recent weeks. Kassig is a former Army Ranger who served in Iraq.

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