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Islamic State Hostage Abdul-Rahman Kassig’s Family Uses Social Media Asking for His Release

Abdul-Rahman Kassig

Abdul-Rahman Kassig

A slew of videos that talked about the beheading of Islamic State hostages have appeared in the past few weeks, though the authenticity of the videos has not been confirmed.

By Rakesh Raman

While the ambiguity around the Islamic State (IS or ISIS – Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) and its activities is increasing, another case of alleged abduction of a civilian by the terrorist outfit has just surfaced.

It’s said that Abdul-Rahman (formerly Peter) Kassig disappeared in October 2013 in Raqqa, a city in Syria. Assuming that their son is a captive of ISIS, his parents are appealing for his release using various channels including social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

The family of Abdul-Rahman Kassig has set up an official YouTube channel to discuss about him and his freedom from his captors.

Ed and Paula Kassig, parents of Abdul-Rahman, have sent a special video message through the YouTube channel for their son’s release.

A slew of videos that talked about the beheading of Islamic State hostages have appeared in the past few weeks, though the authenticity of the videos has not been confirmed.


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Meanwhile, “Mercy for Abdul-Rahman Kassig – formerly known as Peter” is a Facebook page – with over 3,000 Likes – created to appeal for Abdul Rahman’s release.

It’s said that Peter Kassig, who is originally a Christian, embraced Islam as his religion with the new name Abdul-Rahman.

His family has also created a Twitter page saying that Abdul-Rahman is a humanitarian worker who is being held against his will. The Twitter account has over 700 Followers.

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Islamic State (IS) is a militant organization, which is currently active in Iraq and Syria. With a strong force of over 30,000 fighters under its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIL is attacking different nations with the aim to set up a large Islamic State.

By Rakesh Raman, the managing editor of RMN Company

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Photo courtesy: Kassig Family

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