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Islamic State releases second video of British hostage John Cantlie

A still image taken from a purported Islamic State video shows British captive John Cantlie making a statement.   | Photo Credit: REUTERS TV

A second video purportedly of British hostage John Cantlie was released by the Islamic State as the United States and Arab allies hit the extremist group’s targets inside Syria for the first time.

Journalist John Cantlie has been held hostage for almost two years.

In the video, entitled Lend Me Your Ears: Message from the British Detainee John Cantlie: Episode 1, he is critical of the military campaign against the militant group.

He is seen wearing an orange jumpsuit in the video, in which he warns U.S. President Barack Obama against joining the war.

“Not since Vietnam have we witnessed such a potential mess in the making,” Mr. Cantlie says in the video, which lasts for about five minutes. He notes Mr. Obama’s opposition in 2003 to the war in Iraq.

While there are no Islamic State fighters visible in the video, it is apparent that the journalist is under duress and reciting from a prepared script.

Mr. Cantlie was twice captured in Syria, managing to escape the first time. He was taken in November 2012 along with a fellow journalist, American >James Foley, who was beheaded by the Islamic State.


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