Publication Date : Tuesday 28 October 2014 13:39
ISIS takes British hostage John Cantlie to besieged Kobani
In what seems like a new propaganda move by the Islamic State (IS), the group has released a video showing British hostage John Cantlie apparently walking and speaking in the besieged Syrian town of Kobani.
Kobani, also known by its Arabic name Ayn al-Arab, has been under siege from the Sunni extremists for over a month. Kurdish forces defending the strategic town on the Syrian-Turkish border have recently said they have mostly pushed IS out.
The 5-minute video named “Inside Ayn al-Islam” was released on Monday and shows Cantlie walking around the debris of destroyed buildings in what appear to be Kobani. In the video the hostage acts as a ‘reporter’ on the ground denying the reports that IS forces have been ousted form the town.
Screenshot from a video released by Islamic State allegedly showing Kobani.Screenshot from a video released by Islamic State allegedly showing Kobani.
Experts analyzing earlier IS propaganda videos featuring Cantlie have suggested that he is speaking under duress.
The message of the video is that despite the media reports Kobani is about to fall completely under IS control. "The mujahedeen are just mopping up now, street to street, and building to building," the hostage says.
The high-resolution video also includes footage of Kobani apparently shot from an IS drone hovering over the deserted streets and ruins of the town.