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Sep 18, 2014 12:31 PM

British hostage appears in new video

The Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) The Islamic State group on Thursday released a video showing a British man who identifies himself as a journalist and says he is a prisoner of the extremists.

In a slick, three-minute video shot with three cameras, the man identified himself as John Cantlie, a photojournalist who worked for publications including The Sunday Times, The Sun and The Sunday Telegraph. He said he came to Syria in November 2012 and was subsequently captured by the Islamic State group.

The group which now controls roughly a third of Syria and Iraq has beheaded two U.S. journalists and a British aid worker, and has threatened to kill another British hostage. Cantlie's name has not been mentioned among foreign hostages held by the group before, apparently because of a media blackout.

The British government declined to comment on the video.

The just over three-minute long clip released Thursday by the Islamic State group's media arm, Al-Furqan, was different than previous videos.

Entitled "Lend me Your ears," it is previewed as the first in a series of lecture-like "programs" in which Cantlie says he will reveal "the truth" about the Islamic State group.

Wearing an orange T-shirt and sitting behind a desk, he criticized the war on the Islamic State group and said he and other British and U.S. hostages have been abandoned by their governments.

No Islamic State fighters appear in the video.


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