British journalist appears in latest ISIS video

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/18/14, 01:35 pm

A captive British journalist appears in a new ISIS propaganda video the terror group posted online today. John Cantlie, who went missing in Syria in 2012, says in the video, “seeing as I’ve been abandoned by my government and my fate now lies in the hand of the Islamic State, I have nothing to lose.” The short video claims to introduce a series, the forthcoming installments of which will include more facts about ISIS, Cantlie says.

In the video, Cantlie, 43, wears a now-familiar, bright orange T-shirt, the same kind worn by U.S. journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and Scottish aid worker David Haines, all of whom were beheaded on video by ISIS. 

Cantlie, a freelance photojournalist from London , was rescued from captivity in Syria once before. In July 2012, jihadists there held him and another photojournalist captive for a week. He said his captors at the time were not Syrians, but foreigners, including Britons, who had come to Syria to fight an Islamic holy war. He and his colleague tried to run away, barefoot through the desert, but were shot and recaptured. Soon after, he was rescued by the Free Syrian Army. One of his captors was a British national whom authorities later arrested trying to re-enter Great Britain.

Not long after his ordeal, Cantlie was back in Syria, where ISIS captured him in November 2012. In the video posted today, Cantlie claims other European governments have successfully negotiated with ISIS to release hostages, and he skewers the U.K. and the United States for refusing to do so. 

“They negotiated with the Islamic state and got their people home while the British and Americans were left behind,” he says.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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