New video released of Islamic State hostage

John Cantlie
John Cantlie
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Islamic State has released a new video featuring British hostage John Cantlie which purportedly shows him in the embattled Syrian city of Kobani.

The 43-year-old British photojournalist, who has been held captive for over two years, said Isil militants were ‘mopping up’ against Kurdish fighters and the battle for city was ‘coming to an end’ in the latest propaganda film.

Narrating the video in the style of a news report Mr Cantlie, dressed all in black, addresses the camera and is seen walking through the war-torn streets which he says are in Kobani on the Turkish border.

Previously he has delivered his message apparently under duress from behind a desk and wearing an orange jumpsuit.

In the apparently scripted footage, Mr Cantlie said Western media groups including the BBC and The Independent were reporting information from the White House and Kurdish army commanders, ‘neither of whom have the slightest intentions of telling the truth’.

He said: ‘Now the battle for Kobani is coming to an end. The mujahideen are just mopping up now, street to street, and building to building. You can occasionally hear erratic gunfire in the background as a result of those operations.’

Mr Cantlie is originally from Droxford. His father Paul died last week.