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8 Reasons Why The Peter Kassig Islamic State Video Is A Game-Changer

17/11/2014 16:39 GMT | Updated 17/11/2014 17:59 GMT

The news that Islamic State (IS) had killed another hard-working, inspirational and beloved aid worker in a slick propaganda film was depressing in its familiarity.

But the film released by IS, also known as ISIS and ISIL, on Thursday morning was markedly different. More than quarter-of-an-hour long, preceded by a long history of the group, and a gruesome film of the killing of Syrian soldiers, it contains no forced statement from American Peter Kassig, it is filmed from a different location, and is tacked on to the film at the end, almost as an afterthought.

The killing of Kassig, and how it was shown to the world, could tell us a lot about the very different situation the terror group is now in, compared to the killing of Alan Henning just six weeks ago.

It could be a game-changer.

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