Peter Kassig may have defied his Islamic State captors and refused to make a propaganda statement before he was murdered according to a counter terrorism and hostage negotiation expert.
A horrific video from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) purporting to show the execution of the 26-year-old US soldier turned aid worker differs from previous films because the victim does not make a statement to camera.
A masked fighter who is apparently the militant known as Jihadi John from earlier films instead pointedly refers to Mr Kassig’s silence and says hostages beheaded previously have spoken for him.
He says: “This is Peter Edward Kassig, a US citizen of your country who repeatedly fought against the Muslims of Iraq while serving as a soldier under the American army, doesn’t have much to say. His previous cellmates have already spoken on his behalf. “