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ISIS Hostage Kassig ‘Scared to Die’

The parents of Peter Kassig, the former U.S. Army Ranger being held captive by ISIS and threatened with beheading, have released a letter written by their son earlier this year in which he says he is afraid to die but is at peace with his conversion to Islam. In the letter, the 26-year-old hostage thanked his parents, Ed and Paula Kassig, and writes, “I am obviously pretty scared to die but the hardest part is not knowing, wondering, hoping, and wondering if I should even hope at all.” He goes on to write, according to his parents, that he prays every day, is not angry about his situation, and “I am at peace with my belief.” Kassig, who took the name Abdul-Rahman, voluntarily converted to Islam sometime between October and December last year, his parents said.