US Intelligence official are analyzing whether the masked Islamic State militant who appears in the video of the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians could be an American recruit, according to ABC News.
A senior U.S. official said experts are looking at facial features and speech patterns of the masked man who spoke in the video, and an expert in linguistics said he believes the man was educated in the United States, Fox News reported.
“He clearly spent a significant amount of his childhood in the United States,” said Professor Erik Thomas, a linguistics expert at North Carolina State University in an interview with Gretchen Carlson Wednesday afternoon on ‘The Real Story.’
“Whether it was all of his childhood or not, I couldn’t say that. I would say probably from the time he began his schooling, he was in the United States, but he was properly exposed to Arabic all along.”
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