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Suspected Western jihadists in 'evil' IS beheading video

Image taken from a propaganda video released by Al-Furqan Media on November 16, 2014 shows a member of the Islamic State jihadist group believed to be French citizen Maxime Hauchard, also known as Abu Abdallah al-FaransiAuthorities were on Monday investigating the suspected involvement of Western jihadists in the brutal video by the Islamic State group claiming the beheading of US aid worker Peter Kassig. The killing of Kassig and the simultaneous beheadings of at least 18 Syrian military personnel in the video sparked global horror, with US President Barack Obama calling it “an act of pure evil”. It was the latest in a series of atrocities by IS, a Sunni Muslim extremist group that has seized control of large parts of Iraq and Syria. The video showed the Syrian men kneeling on the ground each before a separate executioner, whose faces were uncovered.

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