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  • Peter Kassig beheading: Academics ‘prove’ executions do not help terror groups achieve aims

    International Business Times - 11/17/2014

    As the world reels from the brutal execution of aid worker Peter Kassig by knife-wielding Isis (Islamic State) militants, academics claim they have uncovered proof that executing hostages does not help terror groups achieve their aims.

    Max Abrahms of Northeastern University and Matthew S Gottfried of UCLA argue that an analysis of thousands of hostage situations involving terrorist groups shows that the execution of hostages is counterproductive.

    “Escalating [by committing violence] against the captives is consistently the worst tactical option, particularly when civilians are the target of pressure,” the authors write.

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