Obama confirms 'evil' murder of US aid worker Kassig

In this Kassig Family handout released on October 4, 2014, US aid worker Peter Kassig leans against a truck at an unknown locationA video released by the militants showed the beheading of Kassig, who took the name Abdul-Rahman after converting to Islam, and that of 18 men described as Syrian military personnel. The 26-year-old was captured last year and was threatened in an October 3 video showing the beheading of British aid worker Alan Henning. “Abdul-Rahman was taken from us in an act of pure evil by a terrorist group that the world rightly associates with inhumanity,” Obama said in a statement released by the White House aboard Air Force One as he flew back to the United States from an Asia tour.

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