British hostage John Cantlie is featured for the second time this month in the latest propaganda video purportedly released by the Islamic State titled “Tank Hunters.” The video was released on ISIS terrorist channels on December 13 from “Wilayat Ninawa,” ISIS’ name for the occupied Nineveh Governorate of Iraq. The video of “tank hunting” was promised in late November at the end of a sniper video purportedly released by ISIS.
Cantlie has previous appeared in ISIS videos in Iraq and Syria. His last few videos, however, have been out of Mosul. His last narration was released earlier this month and focused on coalition airstrikes on infrastructure in Mosul.
He has now been seen in no less than nine ISIS propaganda videos. However, he is looking increasingly hairier and unhealthier in every new video.
According to the BBC, Cantlie, whose work has appeared in the Sunday Times, the Sun, and the Sunday Telegraph, has been held hostage twice in Syria. He escaped from his first kidnapping in July 2012 with help from the Free Syrian Army.
He was kidnapped again after he returned to Syria at the end of 2012. It is believed he was kidnapped his second time with American journalist James Foley, who was beheaded on video by the Islamic State militant “Jihadi John” in August 2014.
In an April issue of the Islamic State Dabiq magazine, an article allegedly written by Cantlie shares Foley’s “last words.” Read it here.
In the beginning of “Tank Hunters,” Cantlie is filmed watching ISIS propaganda and analyzing it. The video is intercut with footage of battlefield action involving Iraqi Army tanks.
An infrographic is later shown alleging that ISIS has destroyed at least 580 military vehicles, ranging from tanks to BMPs.
At the end of the video, Cantlie is again shown but this time out in the streets of wartorn Mosul. Wearing a helmet, he discusses the urban warfare currently engulfing Iraq’s second largest city.
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