US believes video is authentic and hostage Kassig is dead - NYT

WASHINGTON - The US government believes a video purportedly showing the severed head of American Peter Kassig is authentic and that Kassig is dead, the New York Times said on Sunday.
Citing a senior U.S. official as saying the government was increasingly convinced that the video was authentic and that Kassig was dead, the Times said US intelligence agencies had previously received strong indications Islamic State forces had killed him.
Kassig, an aid worker who previously served in the US Army, had been missing more than a year after disappearing in Syria.
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