One of the men who spoke in the video released of the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt has U.S. Intelligence agents working to determine who he is, because they believe he may be an American.
ABC News reports on the analysis being conducted on the masked man to determine if he is indeed an American or perhaps someone who has spent a significant amount of time in the United States.
A senior U.S. official confirmed that the man’s face is being analyzed as is his speech.
Professor Erik Thomas, a linguistics expert at North Carolina State University, told ABC News that based on distinctive word pronunciations, “he sounds like an American” with some Arabic influence. Another linguistic expert from another American university, who requested he not be named, said the masked man may be a native Arabic speaker but came to learn American English likely by spending a “significant amount of time” in the U.S.
The man in question wore a mask, as is typical for ISIS members in videos, as he spoke briefly declaring that ISIS is south of Rome.
ISIS has made use of social media in their attempts to recruit people from different countries, including America. It is estimated that there are upwards of 40,000 ISIS supporters in social media on a daily basis.
The U.S. has tried to counter the influence that ISIS has in social media with their own efforts which are seen by some as ineffective.
The U.S. State Department has attempted to counter ISIS propaganda by engaging would-be jihadis one-on-one online, sometimes by calling adult ISIS fighters cowards who use women recruits only for sex. Some analysts say the U.S. campaign of insults misses the mark.
“It’s not impacting the people who may be inspired by the ISIS ideology and will carry out attacks on its behalf,” said John Cohen, former Counterterrorism Coordinator at the Department of Homeland Security and current ABC News consultant.
Despite the rise of ISIS, who Obama once referred to as the JV team, Obama refuses to acknowledge them as radical Islamists. During his 3-day summit on extremism, the words Islamic extremist will not be used or addressed.
EDITORS NOTE: It seems more likely that the US has placed an operative in charge of this sect of ISIS to ensure the military industrial complex has enough boogey men to justify never ending war (and profits) overseas.