ISIS launched a brand new, swiftly produced video right now utilizing certainly one of its final recognized western hostages – British journalist John Cantlie, who hasn’t been seen since a video look 5 months in the past – making coerced statements from the rubble of besieged Mosul, Iraq on the website of an obvious coalition airstrike.
The looks of one of many final western hostages recognized to be held by ISIS, who was taken captive 4 years in the past with American fellow journalist James Foley, introduced reassurance that he’s nonetheless alive.
Till the video right now it has been unknown to the U.Okay. and American governments for months whether or not the captive remained alive, knowledgeable sources on each side of the Atlantic have advised ABC Information.
Regardless of showing in a dozen ISIS movies since 2014, together with in embattled Syrian cities Aleppo and Kobani in addition to Mosul, authorities contemplate him a hostage pressured to play video correspondent for the fear group – showing as if he’s a soldier of the self-declared caliphate quite than a person clearly held towards his will.
At London’s Frontline Membership, Cantlie’s portrait hangs as a reminder of his unsure destiny as he faces his fellow struggle correspondents stomach to the bar on the reverse finish of the wooden counter from a show of a half-dozen fight journalists’ portraits who’ve been killed within the Center East in recent times.
Cantlie’s bodily look has declined significantly since he first confirmed up on video two years into his captivity sporting an orange jumpsuit at a wooden desk and studying ISIS-written anti-western statements on a TelePrompTer display.
Within the two-digital camera video launched immediately, he appeared gaunt and haggard with cropped hair and a beard, wearing a trendy black coat, standing beside what stays of a bridge that was reportedly bombed.
His ISIS-crafted speech alleges that solely civilians are being harmed by airstrikes concentrating on bridges and water pipes in Mosul over the Tigris River.
“Now, cannot see any mujahideen, are you able to?” Cantlie says, shrugging and searching over his shoulder on the final intact bridge busy with visitors, and referring to the Arabic phrase for a fighter engaged in holy warfare. “No, these are simply the on a regular basis regular individuals of Mosul. The mujahideen are out on the entrance strains, kilometers outdoors.”
On Tuesday, the U.S.-led coalition often known as Operation Inherent Resolve stated three airstrikes the day earlier than had certainly destroyed “a land bridge; broken a bridge, a entrance-finish loader, forty seven roads; and suppressed a tactical unit” within the metropolis of Mosul – Iraq’s second-largest metropolis, which is at present underneath siege by coalition and Iraqi army forces.
These forces try to dislodge the terrorist fighters – estimated to quantity between 5,000-6,000 – and the fear group’s chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, from the town. Al-Baghdadi is suspected by senior U.S. army analysts to be hunkered down someplace deep inside its teeming streets.
One prime skilled on hostage crises who as soon as operated within the nation stated the video could also be an effort to influence the U.S. army that ISIS has left Mosul.
“What they’re making an attempt to say is ‘ISIS is gone, you are losing your bullets and bombs. They’re gone and the one individuals you are hurting is civilians.’” Chris Voss, former chief hostage negotiator for the FBI, together with in Iraq, informed ABC Information. “The delicate messages are simpler.”
One other message from ISIS seen by some authorities and personal analysts within the 9-minute Cantlie video is that they nonetheless maintain a number of helpful hostages inside Mosul.
“It jogs my memory of how they used Cantlie in Kobani – a Western witness to the break rained down by Western fighter jets and an implicit menace that he and different hostages might be killed by way of indiscriminate bombing or ISIS reprisal,” stated William McCants, writer of “The ISIS Apocalypse: The Historical past, Technique, and Doomsday Imaginative and prescient of the Islamic State.”
Aaron Zelin, an professional on ISIS on the Washington Institute for Close to-East Coverage, stated the technique of utilizing Cantlie to telegraph messages to the West might not be efficient because the group “does not have the identical type of mystique as they did two years in the past, not solely with how they used social media but in addition the cities and cities they have been taking. It is one factor to say ‘we’re increasing’ nevertheless it’s one other to complain about bridges and water pipes being destroyed.”
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