Abdul-Rahman (Peter) Kassig is pictured collecting bread for a delivery to refugee populations in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters November 16, 2014.(REUTERS/Kassig Family/Handout)
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BEIRUT:- US President Barack Obama has ordered a review of how Washington can release American hostages, as intelligence agencies investigated the involvement of Western jihadists in the beheading of aid worker Peter Kassig.The announcement of the review came just 24 hours after the release of a video by ISIS claiming the beheading of Kassig. The killing of Kassig and the simultaneous beheadings of at least 18 Syrian military personnel in the video sparked global horror, with Obama calling it "an act of pure evil".Thousands of foreign fighters have flocked to join ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and experts say they are often among the most violent and brutal of the jihadists.A British-accented jihadist has been at the centre of previous ISIS beheading videos and appeared again in Sunday's recording claiming Kassig's killing. Kassig, who took the name Abdul-Rahman after converting to Islam, was captured last year and became the fifth Western hostage beheaded by ISIS after the two U .. S reporters and two British aid workers.In the undated video released Sunday, the jihadist stands above a severed head he claims is Kassig's and challenges Obama to send more troops to the region to confront ISIS. Sunday's video was substantially different from previous ISIS recordings of beheadings.
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