Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Depraved' IS Militants Condemned by Cameron

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Depraved' IS Militants Condemned by Cameron

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Byline: Neil Lancefield, Andrew Woodcock and Helen William

PRIME Minister David Cameron has condemned Islamic State as a "depraved organisation" after a video was released showing the beheading of US hostage Peter Kassig.

An IS militant speaks with a London accent in the footage and appears to be the man known as Jihadi John, who was thought to be responsible for previous hostage killings.

Mr Kassig was captured by IS fighters in Syria in October last year, while providing medical training and humanitarian aid to victims of the country's conflict.

He was born Peter, but changed his name to Abdul-Rahman following his conversion to Islam while in captivity.

Mr Cameron said: "These beheadings show once again what a depraved organisation this is.

"Like others who have been murdered in cold blood by ISIL, Abdul-Rahman Kassig was a selfless humanitarian worker who had gone to the region to help care for those fleeing the Syrian conflict.

"This underlines the deplorable depths to which these terrorists are prepared to go - savagely murdering a compassionate man."

The Prime Minister said his "heart goes out" to Mr Kassig's family.

Previous beheading videos showed a desert landscape, but in this latest release, the IS militant appears to be standing in front of a town with fields in the distance.

His parents asked for their son to be "remembered for his important work and the love he shared with friends and family".

Mr Cameron said he wants Jihadi John to face justice, after reports that he was injured in an allied air strike against IS commanders in Iraq.

The masked fanatic, believed to be responsible for the beheading of two British and two American hostages, is reported to have been taken to hospital after narrowly escaping death in the raid.

The Prime Minister said: "You should be in no doubt that I want Jihadi John to face justice for the appalling acts that have been carried out in Syria, but I wouldn't make any comment on individual issues and strikes. …

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