ISIL took the life of another American hostage, former soldier and aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, also known as Peter. Kassig converted and changed his name while in captivity. A 16-minute video released by the Islamic State showed the gruesome image of Kassig’s severed head in between the feet of the ISIL executioner. It is the latest addition to a growing list of films documenting the murders of American hostages, James Foley and Steven J. Sotloff, and British hostages, David Haines and Alan Henning.
The official confirmation of Kassig’s death came shortly after the United Nations’ declared that ISIL has been committing war crimes in Syria. The United Nations Independent International Commission on Syria recorded their findings in a paper titled “Rule of Terror: Living Under ISIS in Syria.” ISIL is accused of murder, rape, enslavement, and public lashings.
As part of these aggressive expansionary ambitions, ISIL has announced that it will create its own currency of Islamic dinars to protect the Islamic world from “satanic usury.” ISIL’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has stated that this is necessary to free “enslaved Muslims” from the “tyrannical monetary system.” An unnamed member of ISIL, however, claimed that “this [currency] will be a stunt” and that “real business will be done with real money.”
On Thursday, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey announced that the US is considering sending in ground forces to help take Mosul. He landed in Iraq on Saturday for an unannounced visit, and told Marines at the US embassy in Baghdad that the battle is “starting to turn.” He went on to call ISIL a “bunch of midgets running around with a really radical ideology.”