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Mon Nov 17, 2014, 08:26 AM

I wonder if Kassig refused to read ISIS propaganda statement before his murder.

That would explain its absence. Just speculation. But can you imagine the strength that would take, given what these hostages have been subjected to according to other hostages who have been released?

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Reply I wonder if Kassig refused to read ISIS propaganda statement before his murder. (Original post)
arely staircase Nov 2014 OP
pampango Nov 2014 #1
arely staircase Nov 2014 #3
JonLP24 Nov 2014 #2
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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Mon Nov 17, 2014, 08:37 AM

1. There is no video of a statement from him? That is different. n/t

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Response to pampango (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 17, 2014, 08:14 PM

3. no. unlike the others he reas no statement

It was also done with an identifiable town in the background. It is the place where Muslims believe the last great Apocalyptic battle will take place. So, as someone speculated on CNN just now, they may have gone full death cult at this point and think the end of the world is at hand.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Mon Nov 17, 2014, 08:54 AM

2. I'm curious to their propaganda strategy with their remaining American hostage

The hostage is the only American woman held by the militant group. She is the same age as Kassig, and, like him, was kidnapped while trying to help people whose lives have been upended by the long Syrian civil war. She was particularly moved to help children who have been orphaned and separated from their families. The woman was taken in August 2013, along with a group of other aid workers who have reportedly been released.

U.S. officials and the womanís family have requested that her name not be made public, fearing that further attention will put her in greater jeopardy. No news organization has published her name. But the general circumstances of her capture and captivity have been known and widely reported for more than a year now.

ISISís intentions for its remaining American prisoner are unclear. But current and former U.S. officials told The Daily Beast that it was notable she doesnít appear at the end of a video, released Sunday, that shows the aftermath of Kassigís beheading. That breaks with ISISís pattern of showing the next hostage it intends to kill.

ISIS has killed Muslim women, as well as children. But it has never murdered a female Western hostage on camera. Doing so would mark a radical departure even for a group that has relied on bloody propaganda to lure foreign fighters to its ranks.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/16/a-26-year-old-woman-is-isis-s-last-american-hostage.html

Though it is telling who they choose to target.

Violent extremism thrives in areas where social services have all but disappeared. A woman who serves on the local council of an opposition-held town told us that she fears more of her neighbors may become radicalized because there's no work, no education, and no other opportunities.

http://theweek.com/article/index/270220/syrian-women-know-how-to-defeat-isis

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Response to JonLP24 (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 17, 2014, 08:15 PM

4. I knew they had an American woman.

I didn't know she was the only remaining American. That poor woman.

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