11/17/2014 01:08 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2014

Peter Kassig's Friends Hope Unusual Islamic State Video Means He Fought His Beheading

Until Sunday, Islamic State hostage execution videos followed a macabre formula: the condemned appears in an orange jumpsuit, reads a scripted message next to a British-accented militant and then appears lifeless and decapitated in a final scene. But the video announcement of the death of Peter Kassig, a 26-year-old former Army Ranger who was kidnapped in Syria in 2013, was different in style and content from the previous depictions.

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