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Parents release letter from U.S. hostage threatened by ISIS

The parents of a humanitarian worker threatened with beheading by ISIS issued a statement pleading for his life, and released a letter in which he said he was "pretty scared to die" but at peace after converting to Islam in captivity. A former Army Ranger, Peter Kassig, who now goes by Abdul-Rahman Kassig, was kidnapped in Lebanon by ISIS in October while providing aid to Syrian refugees. He wrote that his parents should be comforted knowing he "went out as a result of trying to alleviate suffering and helping those in need." Read more at NBC News.