John Cantlie – Not Forgotten!

Updated 8/12/16

In  a new propaganda video British IS hostage John Cantlie looks frail and   thin as his living nightmare continues as the last and longest held Western IS hostage. If anything positive can be taken from this latest offering  at least we know John is/was in or  near Mosul and alive and well (under the circumstance) . Praying that John’s release comes soon and be returned safe and well to his family in the UK.


Update July 2016


British hostage John Cantlie is shown in new Isis propaganda video

Kidnapped journalist talks about bombing of Mosul University in first video featuring him to appear since March


John Cantlie, the British journalist who has been held hostage by jihadis since 2012, is shown in a new video made by Islamic State.

Cantlie looks noticeably thinner in the video, the first to feature him since one that emerged on 19 March.

Once again, his skills as a journalist have been exploited by Isis in an attempt to lend credibility to propaganda films. On this occasion he discusses the bombing of Mosul University and is filmed by a camera that appears at a later stage to be attached to a drone as it flies over a city landscape strewn with rubble.

Wearing a long shirt and black trousers, he introduces himself before telling viewers that he is standing in front of the remains of the university. “You have to ask yourself: why did the coalition decide to destroy the university?” he says, adding: “Normal, social everyday life has been destroyed and if you are going to destroy a university, why bother?”

See Guardian for full story

Update: 7th June 2016


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  • Update:  19th March 2016

New footage of IS hostage John Cantlie has been release by Islamic State and although unverified –  if and when this is confirmed to be genuine will give new hope to John’s family and millions of sympathisers across the world.

Cantlie, who was kidnapped in November 2012, is shown berating the US-led coalition for bombing a media building in the ISIS-held city of Mosul. in Iraq.

It has been over a year since Cantlie appeared in a propaganda video showing life inside the Syrian province of Aleppo.

See Daily Mail for full story

Cantlie, who was kidnapped in November 2012, is shown berating the US-led coalition for bombing a media building in the ISIS-held city of Iraq

ISIS propaganda Video shows English hostage John Cantlie

John Henry Cantlie


ISIS New Propaganda Video – John Cantlie Report From Mosul Iraq


What has happened to ISIS captive John Cantlie

British ISIS hostage John Cantlie, in a propaganda video posted online Oct. 27, 2014.

The regular release of ISIS propaganda magazine Dabiq this week came with one noticeable omission — a message from John Cantlie.

Cantlie, a British freelance photojournalist, is the last western hostage ISIS is known to be holding captive in Syria. In the year since the militant group began murdering captive British and American journalists and aid workers, Cantlie has been put forward as a sort of correspondent in ISIS’ propaganda targeting foreigners.

But in the issue of Dabiq that appeared online July 13, titled The Law of Allah or the Laws of Men there was no Western government-damning rant attributed to Cantlie.

As noted on Twitter by Rita Katz, the executive director of jihadist monitoring network SITE Intelligence Group, it’s the first time Cantlie was absent from the publication since he began appearing in its pages last October.


John Henry Cantlie (born 1970) is a British war photographer and correspondent who was kidnapped in Syria with James Foley in November 2012 and remains a hostage He had previously been kidnapped in Syria in July 2012 but was rescued a week later

Family history



John Cantlie’s father makes appeal for son’s release



John Cantlie

John Cantlie is the great grandson of Sir James Cantlie, a doctor who co-founded the Hong Kong College of Medicine for Chinese in 1887 (later the University of Hong Kong). In 1896, he was instrumental in the protection of the Chinese revolutionary Sun Yat-sen who might otherwise have been executed by the Qing dynasty secret service. His grandfather, Colonel Kenneth Cantlie, designed the China Railways KF locomotive, at 260 tons the largest locomotive of post-war China that remained in service until 1972.

Cantlie’s father Paul died on 16 October 2014, having released a video pleading for his son’s release on his deathbed.

First abduction


Al Jazeera interviews journalist John Cantlie


He was reportedly kidnapped by fighters while crossing illegally into Syria from Turkey on 19 July 2012, near Bab al-Hawa. Along with Dutch photographer Jeroen Oerlemans, Cantlie was shot whilst trying to escape their captors. In an interview with The Sun newspaper on 26 August 2012, Cantlie said it was:

“every Englishman’s duty to try and escape if captured.”

Both photographers claimed they were about to be handed over to a jihad unit affiliated with al-Qaeda for ransom when they were rescued by the Free Syrian Army. Cantlie’s kidnapping is the first recorded case of a British journalist being held, shot and then rescued from fellow Britons during the revolutions of the Arab Spring.

In an account in The Sunday Times on 5 August 2012, Cantlie described his experience.

Oerlemans was shot in the left leg and Cantlie in the left arm during their escape attempt, Cantlie suffering ulnar nerve entrapment (loss of feeling and use to the hand) as a result.

In an account of the shooting, Cantlie said some of the British Muslims in the group repeatedly shouted, “die, kafir!” Oerlemans then stated that “the British guys were the most vindictive of them all”. They were taken back to the camp where a fighter who claimed to be an NHS doctor stabilized them and treated their wounds. The pair said the doctor gave them information and extra food. Cantlie later wrote in the October 2012 edition of FHM magazine that this was Stockholm syndrome, in which a hostage befriends one or more of their captors. The pair were threatened with execution. Oerlemans stated that it was unclear who held them, but the group of militants were of multiple ethnicities.


On 26 July 2012, one week after being kidnapped, they were rescued by four members of the Free Syrian Army.  The rebels came into the camp shooting their weapons and held at least one jihad fighter at gunpoint while Cantlie and Oerlemans were helped into a waiting vehicle. Both photographers had to be assisted as their feet had been seriously injured when they tried to escape and neither could walk. They had lost all their camera equipment, passports and clothes in the incident, and were smuggled back across the border at a crossing used primarily by Syrian refugees. They were initially treated by a medic for The New York Times in Antakya before being debriefed by Turkish and then British intelligence.

On 9 October 2012 an individual suspected of being involved in the kidnap was arrested at Heathrow airport after arriving on a flight from Egypt.

This was Cantlie’s second visit to Syria. In March 2012, he became the first Western photographer to witness first-hand an incursion by government ground troops into a city when T72 heavy tanks rolled into the city of Saraquib in Idlib province and started shelling indiscriminately. In a feature in the Sunday Telegraph published 31 March, Cantlie wrote: “Then the tanks opened fire. Fist-sized pieces of shrapnel sliced through the air, decapitating one rebel immediately. His rifle clattered to the ground as his friends dragged his headless torso from the line of fire.” To illustrate what the Syrian rebels were up against, Cantlie took a photograph looking down the barrel of an advancing T72.

Second abduction

Cantlie had not appeared in print or on social media since late 2012, and the trial of one of his alleged captors collapsed in 2013, when he could not be summoned as a witness because, in November 2012, Cantlie was abducted a second time, along with American journalist James Foley. Their taxi driver and Foley’s translator were not taken, however. They had reportedly been working together on a film about Cantlie’s first abduction.

Foley was beheaded in August 2014.

ISIL propaganda


Brainwashing 101 with John Cantlie



New ISIS video of hostage John Cantlie


After disappearing for more than a year following his second abduction in late 2012, Cantlie resurfaced on 18 September 2014 in a video[30] posted by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the first episode of a multi-part series entitled Lend Me Your Ears. As of February 2015, ISIL has released a total of six videos in the Lend Me Your Ears series, all of which feature Cantlie speaking while sitting at a wooden table and wearing orange prison garb against a black backdrop.

In the videos, Cantlie adopts a critical position toward Western foreign policy, including military actions, political statements, and media coverage. Cantlie is particularly critical of US and British hostage policy, comparing it unfavorably to the policy of other European countries that negotiate and pay for the release of hostages.

ISIL has released three additional videos apart from the Lend Me Your Ears series. These videos are noteworthy for depicting Cantlie as a Western journalist rather than a Western hostage. In both videos, Cantlie attempts to characterize the facts on the ground in Kobani, Mosul and rebel-controlled Aleppo as far more favorable to ISIL than is portrayed in the Western media.

Since Cantlie is a prisoner of ISIL and therefore is necessarily speaking under duress, it is unclear whether and to what degree he actually holds these views. His sister, Jessica Cantlie, has claimed that John Cantlie “believes two-thirds” of what he says in the videos.

Lend Me Your Ears series

ISIL has thus far released 7 videos (counting the Introduction) in the Lend Me Your Ears series.

Video Release date Length Comments
1 18 September 2014 3:21 Introduction
2 18 September 2014 5:56 “Episode 1” (which is actually the 2nd video released)
3 30 September 2014 5:35 “Episode 2”
4 12 October 2014 6:54 “Episode 3”
5 16 October 2014 7:49 “Episode 4”
6 12 November 2014 6:31 “Episode 5”
7 24 November 2014 8:53 “Episode 6”
8 TBA TBA “Episode 7”
9 TBA TBA “Episode 8” (Last In Series)

“Inside” videos

  • “Inside ‘Ayn al Islam (Kobani)” (5:37 minutes), published 28 October 2014 (released to YouTube on February 3, 2015) The piece appears to have been filmed during a brief period when Kobani was occupied by ISIS.
  • “Inside Mosul” (8:15 minutes), published 3 January 2015 (Released to YouTube by Italian broadcaster Canal 25)
  • “Inside Aleppo” (12:00 minutes), published 9 February 2015 (Released to YouTube on February 17, 2015). Cantlie states in the video it will be the last film in the “Inside” series.

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