ISIS leader behind the beheading of former US Army Ranger eliminated in US drone strike
A top ISIS chief who was involved in the beheading of a former US Army Ranger has been eliminated in a drone strike, US officials have confirmed.
Terrorist leader Abu al Umarayn, along with several other ISIS terrorists were eliminated in Syria’s Badiyah Desert by drone strikes, coalition spokesperson Col. Sean Ryan said in a statement.
“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 US Army Ranger, Peter Kassig.
“He has been linked to and directly involved with executing several other prisoners as a senior ISIS member,” Col. Sean Ryan said.
Kassig, 26, was taken as hostage in Oct. 2013 while on a humanitarian trip to Syria with Special Emergency Response and Assistance, an organization he founded in 2012.
The Indiana-native, a converted Muslim, was going by the name Abdul Rahman Kassig at the time of his kidnapping.
ISIS posted a video of Jihadi John – the notorious British executioner – standing over a human head. Though the act was not recorded, a masked terrorist with a decapitated head at his feet, said: “This is Peter Edward Kassig, a U.S. citizen.”
“Peter, who fought against the Muslims in Iraq while serving as a soldier under the American army, doesn’t have much to say. His previous cellmates have already spoken on his behalf,” the masked terrorist continued.
In the month prior to Kassig’s brutal death, his family took to social media in a bid to get mercy for their son – even requesting for ISIS to contact them by Facebook and Twitter.
“We have tried to contact you directly to plea for the life of our only son, Abdul Rahman Kassig, and have not received any response,” she tweeted. “Please tell us what more we can do so that Abdul Raman may continue to serve and live his life in accordance with the teachings of Islam.”