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ISIS John Cantlie

Kobani news report

28 Oct, 2014

ISIS releases a video showing Cantlie apparently reporting on the situation in Kobani. (Full video here.) In the unedited footage a black-dressed Cantlie with a goatee beard and longer hair says the battle for the city is over, and notes that it is quiet except for very occasional sporadic automatic weapons fire, which can be heard in the background. He cites Patrick Cockburn’s article in The Independent about how Kobani was on the brink of falling to ISIS. He also quotes U.S. administration officials as saying the town was strategically unimportant, and Kerry’s statement indicating that Turkish president Erdogan is unwilling to help the Kurds. The video starts out with aerial footage said to be from an ISIS drone of ‘Ayn Arab,’ its Arabic name.

All I see here in the city is mujahideen, no YPG, PKK, or peshmerga in sight.

He says no journalists are in the city and media are getting their information from Kurdish commanders and the White House:

America is very keen for Kobani to be seen as a symbol of victory

He says the battle is over:

The battle is coming to an end. The mujahideen are going from street to street and just mopping up now…Urban warfare is about as tough and as nasty as it gets, and it is something of a specialty of the mujahideen

'John Cantlie' seen in new Islamic State video