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Captive British scribe appears in new IS video

This photo posted online by the Islamic State group-affiliated Amaq News Agency on Friday shows British journalist John Cantlie, who is being held hostage by the militants, during a stand-up for an IS propaganda video in Mosul, Iraq. It is the first video featuring Mr. Cantlie to be released by the group since February 2015 when he appeared purportedly from Syria’s Aleppo province.  

A captive British photojournalist has appeared in a new Islamic State (IS) group propaganda video purportedly from the IS-held city of Mosul.

It is the first video featuring John Cantlie to be released by the IS since February 2015, when he appeared in what he said was Syria’s Aleppo province. The latest video was released by the IS-ffiliated Aamaq news agency Saturday.

Mocks U.S. airstrikes

In it, Mr. Cantlie is seen mocking U.S. airstrikes on IS media kiosks.

The IS has long used Mr. Cantlie for propaganda purposes, featuring him in videos from Mosul, Aleppo and the Syrian town of Kobani, likely speaking under duress.

Abducted along with Foley

Mr. Cantlie has worked for several publications, including The Sunday Times, The Sun and The Sunday Telegraph, and was kidnapped with American journalist James Foley in November 2012. The IS beheaded Foley in August 2014.


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