A British photojournalist held captive by the Islamic State appeared in a new militant video on Saturday more than two years after he was kidnapped in Syria.
John Cantlie, 43, plays the role of TV correspondent in the video walking around Mosul in what appears to be an attempt by the militants to show that life is “business as usual” in the ISIS-controlled city in northern Iraq.
“This is not a city living in fear as Western media would have you believe,” Cantlie says in the chilling video. “This is a normal city going about its business.”
The SITE Intel Group, which monitors jihadist groups, says the roughly 8-minute video was produced by the Islamic State’s foreign language division and distributed on Twitter and jihadi forums on Saturday.
The video is the eighth one that Cantlie appeared in an ISIS video, which are targeted toward western audiences and often cite specific claims made by western media in the weeks or months before they are released.
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