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Hostage Peter Kassig was reportedly beheaded by ISIS terrorists. (Source: CNN) Hostage Peter Kassig was reportedly beheaded by ISIS terrorists. (Source: CNN)
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(CNN) - New video shows the aftermath of the beheading of ISIS hostage and Indiana native Peter Kassig.

Kassig, who changed his name to Abdul-Rahman Kassig after converting to Islam in captivity, has been held since October of 2013.

Kassig is the fifth westerner that ISIS claims to have executed.

But the latest video is different from previous ones:

It doesn't contain a statement from the victim.

It's longer than the previous clips.

And it shows the beheadings of other men, whom ISIS claims are Syrian pilots.

The video also names the place of the execution: Dabiq, Syria.

ISIS' latest claims brought swift condemnation from the West.

"This video that we have seen here, if verified, is a tragic reminder of the savagery, and of ISIS, and the complexity of our challenge,” said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL.

Durbin doesn't think the U.S. should go as far as sending ground troops to fight the terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

"There are many who are anxious to send troops forward. I am not one of them,” he said.

On CBS' Face the Nation, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney criticized President Barack Obama's handling of the fight.

What we should have done by now is have American troops standing by in Iraq. That was something that we argued for years ago; the president didn't do it,” Romney said.

Earlier Sunday the president, himself, said sending ground troops to battle ISIS was not off the table.

"Yes, there are always circumstances in which the United States might need to deploy U.S. ground troops,” he said,

Kassig served in the U.S. Army rangers, and deployed to Iraq in 2007.

Honorably discharged from the Army, he returned to the region as a humanitarian worker, delivering food and medical supplies to refugees.

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