Inside 'Ayn al-Islam


In a new video published today, British journalist John Cantlie, who is being held hostage by the Islamic State after being kidnapped in Syria in 2012, appears to be reporting from the city of Kobane on the Syrian-Turkish border, which has been the stage of an ongoing battle between the militants and Kurdish forces.

The video, which features aerial views of the war-ravaged city filmed from a drone, is the latest featuring Cantlie, who said in his most recent “Lend Me Your Ears” video that the Islamic State treats its captives “well” and that US and UK governments had abandoned their citizens.

In the new five-minute video titled “Inside ‘Ayn al-Islam” (the name given by the Islamic State to Kobane) and mimicking the style of a traditional newscast, Cantlie claims to be standing in an area known as a Kurdish “safe zone, which is now controlled entirely by the Islamic State,” despite US strikes…

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