Daesh hostage John Cantlie narrates Mosul video tour

Published January 4th, 2015 - 10:32 GMT
Al Bawaba
Al Bawaba

The Islamic State [Daesh] has released a new video showing 43-year-old British photojournalist John Cantlie giving a tour of Mosul, Iraq.

"The media likes to paint a picture of life in the Islamic State as depressed, people walking around as subjugated citizens in chains, beaten down by strict totalitarian rule," Cantlie says in the video. "But really, apart from some rather chilly but very sunny December weather, life here in Mosul is business as usual."

Cantlie was kidnapped over two years ago, and this is the eighth Islamic State video he has been featured in. The video shows him visiting various parts of Mosul and refuting the claim the city has limited electricity and life.

A service that monitors jihadist media, SITE Intel Group, claims the 8 minute, 15 second video was produced by the Islamic State's foreign language division, al-Hayat Media Center, and it was distributed on Twitter and jihadi forums on Saturday.

Toward the end of the video, Cantlie yells at a plane flying above, begging to be picked up. "You've come to rescue me again? Do something! Useless! Absolutely useless!" he says.

Previous attempts to rescue the journalist have proven unsuccessful.

By Thor Benson


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