The star of the most recent ISIS video who, brandishing a knife and with his face covered by a scarf, threatens the West and then beheads 21 Coptic Christians, may have been educated in the United States a linguistic expert has revealed today.
Erick Thomas, a professor of acoustics and dialects at North Carolina State University says, “he clearly spent a significant amount of his childhood in the United States,” he then reveals “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.”
Thomas cited the man’s use of a “hard G” in two instances: when he says “chopping off” and “fighting us.” He also said his pronunciation of the letter “O” in “Rome” might be a clue of his upbringing as well.
As several men in orange jumpsuits are led to a beach where they are believed to have been beheaded, one militant, dressed differently than the others, addresses the camera.
“All crusaders: safety for you will be only wishes, especially if you are fighting us all together,” the militant says. “Therefore we will fight you all together,” he said. “The sea you have hidden Sheikh Usama Bin Laden’s body in, we swear to Allah we will mix it with your blood.”
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