Obama grieves death of US aid worker Kassi

Obama grieves death of US aid worker Kassi

President Barack Obama has grieved the gruesome murder of US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig by the dreaded IS militant group and termed his beheading as an act of pure evil.

"ISIL's actions represent no faith, least of all the Muslim faith which Abdul-Rahman adopted as his own," Obama said in a statement yesterday after American intelligence agencies authenticated the ISIL video on killing of Kassig.

"Today we grieve together, yet we also recall that the indomitable spirit of goodness and perseverance that burned so brightly in Abdul-Rahman Kassig, and which binds humanity together, ultimately is the light that will prevail over the darkness of ISIL," Obama said.

Offering his prayers and condolences to the parents and family of Abdul-Rahman Kassig, the President said: "We cannot begin to imagine their anguish at this painful time. Abdul-Rahman was taken from us in an act of pure evil by a terrorist group that the world rightly associates with inhumanity".

"Like Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff before him, his life and deeds stand in stark contrast to everything that ISIL represents," he said.

"While ISIL revels in the slaughter of innocents, including Muslims, and is bent only on sowing death and destruction, Abdul-Rahman was a humanitarian who worked to save the lives of Syrians injured and dispossessed by the Syrian conflict," the President said.

"While ISIL exploits the tragedy in Syria to advance their own selfish aims, Abdul-Rahman was so moved by the anguish and suffering of Syrian civilians that he travelled to Lebanon to work in a hospital treating refugees," he said.

"Later, he established an aid group, SERA, to provide assistance to Syrian refugees and displaced persons in Lebanon and Syria. These were the selfless acts of an individual who cared deeply about the plight of the Syrian people," he added.

The video emerged  yesterday just minutes after President Barack Obama departed Australia for the US after attending the G20 summit.

Kassig, 26, was captured last year while helping provide medical aid to Syrians. His friends say he converted to Islam in captivity and changed his name to Abdul-Rahman.

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