Heartbreaking: ISIS Hostage John Cantlie Tells Family: “Let Me Go, Get On With Your Lives”
The ISIS terror group released a new video this week with British hostage John Cantlie.
Cantlie was reportedly kidnapped by Islamic extremists while crossing into Syria from Turkey on July 19, 2012, near Bab al-Hawa along with Dutch photographer Jeroen Oerlemans. Cantlie was shot whilst trying to escape his captors.
This week Cantlie appeared in an ISIS video from Aleppo, Syria.
Cantlie says in the video it is “the last video from this series” which suggests this may be his last video for the terror group. ISIS has used Cantlie in videos filmed in Kobane, Mosul, and Aleppo in the past several months.
In the latest edition of the ISIS magazine Dabiq, Cantlie tells his family, “Let me go. Get on with your lives.”
The Daily Mail reported:
Islamic State hostage John Cantlie has told his family to ‘let him go’ and ‘get on with their lives’ – days after appearing on a propaganda video which he ominously warned was the last in the series.
In an article released last night for the terror group’s magazine, Dabiq, Cantlie thanks his relatives and fiancee for their ‘tireless efforts’ campaigning for his release.
However, he adds: ‘Let it go. Leave it be and get on with your lives, all of you’.
Referring to an interview given by his partner, the photo journalist says: ‘That was my fiancee, whom I hope now has long since forgotten me and moved on.
‘What can the remnants of one family, smashed and emotionally exhausted after two years of campaigning, be expected to do by themselves.’
In the article, Cantlie, 44, has also been made to criticise the international campaign of air strikes against Islamic State, claiming that ‘every bomb dropped in Syria or Iraq serves as a recruitment tool for the Islamic State’.
The magazine and video have been released in the wake of the horrific video showing the burning to death of captured fighter pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh by IS fighters and claims by the group that US aid worker hostage Kayla Mueller had been killed in air strikes in revenge for the Jordanian’s shocking murder.