IS release new video featuring captured British photographer John Cantlie

A newly-released video appears to show British photographer John Cantlie, who was captured by so-called Islamic State in Syria in 2012, for the first time in more than a year.

Saturday, 19th March 2016, 2:53 pm
Updated Saturday, 19th March 2016, 2:57 pm

The photographer, who has fronted a series of videos for IS while a hostage, appears gaunt as he ridicules US attempts to destroy the terrorist group.

His supporters swiftly dismissed the film, which is dated Saturday but has not been verified, saying: ‘His words are not those of a free man.’ They also questioned when it was made.

The Foreign Office said it was ‘looking at the contents of this latest propaganda video.’

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The clip, which first appeared on Twitter, shows the journalist clad in black as he walks around a bomb-damaged building he claims is in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

Mr Cantlie’s skills as a journalist have been exploited by IS in an attempt to lend credibility to propaganda films, including a series titled Lend Me Your Ears.

Journalist Hala Jaber tweeted: ‘Worth remembering that whatever John Cantlie says, he is & remains a hostage and that his words are not those of a free man.’

Mr Cantlie’s father Paul, 80, died from complications following pneumonia in 2014.