New York : In the latest ISIS propaganda video, captive British journalist John Cantlie appeared for the first time in more than a year and he is seen mocking US President Barack Obama.
Cantlie, a war photographer, was captured in 2012 and since his captive has appeared in several videos for the terror group ridiculing America’s efforts to wash off the ISIS.
He points out that what has been done in northern Iraqi city of Mosul was a cheap media kiosk.
“It’s been flattened by the collective might of the American war machine. One has to ask oneself why bother? Is it a ruse by the CIA to somehow undermine the Islamic State’s message to the Muslims in Mosul and therefore somehow diminish their control of the city?,” New York Post quotes him as saying in the video.
“It’s because the Americans are so bankrupt of intelligence that this is all they have left to target,” he continues in the nearly 3 Â½-minute video.
“After 20 months and $5 billion, America has successfully destroyed an Islamic state media kiosk. 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,” he says.
“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,” he continues.
Cantlie last appeared in a video titled “From Inside Halab” where he addressed about education, drone strikes and Sharia law in February 2015.
He was kidnapped in Syria in 2012. He escaped with the help the Free Syrian Army but was caught again later that year after returning back to the country.
According to reports, it is believed that Cantlier, who has worked for several publications, including The Sunday Times, The Sun and The Sunday Telegraph, was with US journalist James Foley, who was beheaded in August 2014.
Meanwhile, media rights watchdog ‘Reporters Without Borders’ has condemned the terror group for its cowardly use of a hostage for spreading propaganda. (ANI)