The Kassig Beheading: The Islamic State's Last-Ditch Effort to Keep US Boots Out of the Caliphate

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After a gap of almost six weeks, the Islamic State (IS) released a video yesterday showing, along with the brutal simultaneous beheading of almost two dozen Syrian pilots, the head of American citizen Peter Kassig after it was severed from his body. Standing above his head was the British executor, known as "Jihad John," who killed other American and British citizens, challenging the US to send ground troops into Iraq and Syria.

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Jihadists Debate Permissibility of IS Beheading of Peter Kassig

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The Islamic State's (IS) November 16, 2014 video release claiming the killing of American citizen Peter Kassig (also known as Abdul Rahman Kassig)—who was reportedly a practicing Muslim—has triggered dispute among jihadists and jihadist supporters regarding the permissibility of his killing. Such arguments on social media have pertained to both Kassig's sincerity as a Muslim as well as the truthfulness of reports claiming him to be one.

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IS Beheads Peter Kassig, Challenges US to Send Ground Troops

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The Islamic State (IS) released a video showing the head of American citizen Peter Kassig after it was severed from his body, with the British executor who killed other American and British citizens challenging the U.S. to send ground troops into Iraq and Syria.

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Washington Post: "Homesick Jihadists are Debating Whether to Return to their Comfortable Lives in the West" by Rita Katz

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From Rita Katz's Washington Post article, "Homesick jihadists are debating whether to return to their comfortable lives in the West":

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The Islamic State Announces its Own Currency

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The Islamic State (IS) "Treasury Department," in its first statement, announced that it would be minting its own currency in a message distributed on Twitter on November 13, 2014.

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