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ISIL: 'Strong possibility' that French jihadist features in Peter Kassig execution video

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ISIL: 'Strong possibility' that French jihadist features in Peter Kassig execution video

<p>There is a very strong likelihood that a 22-year-old French citizen, who left France to go to Syria in August 2013, appears in the <span class="caps">ISIL</span> video of the execution of US aid worker Peter Kassig, according to French interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.</p> <p>“This analysis (by French intelligence services) suggests with a very high probability that a French citizen could have directly participated in carrying out these abject acts,” Cazeneuve told journalists on Monday.</p> <p>The 15-minute video posted online shows the decapitations of at least 14 men whom Islamic State said were pilots and officers loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The video also shows the severed head of US aid worker Peter Kassig.</p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/288700/300x186_maxime-hauchart-french-yihadist.jpg"> </p> <p>Cazeneuve named the 22-year-old French citizen and alleged <span class="caps">ISIL</span> member as Maxime Hauchard, whom French media have said was known in his home town as “friendly, easygoing” and without a criminal record. He was interviewed by <span class="caps">BFMTV</span> in the summer saying that his goal in joining the Islamic State jihadi group was to become a martyr.</p> <p><h3>Watch the BFMTV interview with French jihadi Maxime Hauchard (in French)</h3></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" width="480" height="270" src="//www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/x21b25x" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <a href="http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x21b25x_doc-bfmtv-maxime-jeune-combattant-jihadiste-temoigne-depuis-la-syrie-ou-il-fait-le-jihad-11-07_news" target="_blank">DOC BFMTV - Maxime, jeune combattant jihadiste...</a> <i>par <a href="http://www.dailymotion.com/BFMTV" target="_blank">BFMTV</a></i></p> <p>(with agencies)</p>