British hostage featured in new ISIS video questioning U.S. military strategy


The Islamic State has released another video- this time narrated by a Briton who was allegedly kidnapped by the group.

46-year-old John Henry Cantlie, a British war photographer who was kidnapped by ISIS while working in Syria, has been a hostage since November of 2012.

The video was shot in the city of Mosul, Iraq and is the first footage to show Cantlie in over a year. The last video, allegedly filmed in Aleppo, Syria, was shot in February of last year.

Cantlie’s role in the new video is that of narration, explaining how the United States has been allegedly wantonly bombing buildings in crowded areas of Mosul, often at great risk to civilians.

Criticizing the American military, he points at a metal shed that was once an ISIS media kiosk, explaining that it took “$30 million F-18s with $100,000 missiles” to destroy a structure that cost $50.

“After 20 months and $5 billion, America has successfully destroyed an Islamic state media kiosk,” he said. “If this is what Obama meant when he talked about degrading and ultimately destroying ISIS, he’s clearly got a long way to go yet. And you know what’s really just amazing, given the amount of money that America is spending on this war, it would go to the effort of destroying a small shack like this, in the middle of Mosul.”

Cantlie mocks President Obama and the strategies of the US Military with shockingly calm demeanor, relaxed and dressed in all black- far removed from the orange jumpsuit he war in some of his earliest videos.

Cantlie has been captured twice, both times in the year 2012. In July of that year, he was rescued by elements of the Free Syrian Army, only to be kidnapped again in November. It was during his second stint in captivity that American journalist James Foley was murdered by ISIS in August of 2014.

Last month, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced that the U.S. military launched an aggressive campaign against ISIS propaganda with aims of inhibiting ISIS abilities to recruit fighters and inspire followers.

This ISIS propaganda video which accuses the US of “putting civilian lives at risk” was released just days after Secretary of State John Kerry said that Islamic State had been committing genocide against Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims.

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