Washington: Continuing its practice to release propaganda videos in order to discourage Western countries from fighting against the Islamic State, the extremist group has released a fresh video featuring British captive John Cantlie who is seen highlighting how the IS controls huge swathes in the embattled border town of Kobani in Syria.
In the video, Cantlie is seen reporting from Kobani, where the ISIS is engaged in a fierce battle with Kurdish peshmerga fighters as well as YPG fighters for over a month now.
The battle for Kobani that started on September 16 with the ISIS launching an offensive there, has entered into sixth week now with US-led coalition air strikes coupled with Kurdish fighters' managing to check the Islamic state's murderous advance in the town.
However, the British captive John Cantlie, who is used by the ISIS as a sort of spokesman, says that the ISIS is controlling southern and eastern part of Kobani, reported the SITE monitoring agency.
— SITE Intel Group (@siteintelgroup) October 27, 2014
For a change, Cantlie is seen wearing a black outfit unlike former videos where he was dressed in orange Guantanamo detainee-like orange clothes.
Mentioning the American air dropping of supplies for Kurdish fighters, Cantlie says, “Kobani is now being reinforced by Iraqi Kurds who are coming in through Turkey, while the mujahideen are being resupplied by the hopeless United States Air Forces, who parachuted two crates of weapons and ammunition straight into the outstretched arms of the mujahideen”.
Magnifying the gains made by the ISIS, Cantlie speaks, “Now the battle for Kobani is coming to an end. The mujahideen are just mopping up now, street to street, and building to building”.
Cantlie seeks to disprove Western media reports, aying the battle was nearly over with the extremists having a clear edge over the Kurdish fighters.
“Contrary to what the Western media would have you believe, it is not an all-out battle here now. It is nearly over. As you can hear, it is very quiet, just the occasional gunfire”.
The video that lasts for over 5 minutes is the latest and the fifth episode of the Islamic State’s (IS) video series “Lend Me Your Ears” featuring Cantlie who was a photojournalist before he was kidnapped in 2012.
In the first video of the series titled - 'Lend Me Your Ears', Cantlie had talked about his forthcoming videos that will explain “the truth behind the systems and motivation of the Islamic State”, exposing the lies and manipulations engineered by the Western media.
He had talked about explaining "some facts that you can verify" about Islamic State, saying, “Over the next few programs, I'm going to show you the truth as the western the media tries to drag the world back to a the abyss of a war with the Islamic State”.
The Islamic State which has established an Islamic Caliphate across occupied parts of Iraq and Syria, has already beheaded four Westerners - two US journalists and two Briton aid workers.
The US has formed an anti-IS coalition, successfully roping in dozens of other nations including Arab States like Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, etc and continues pounding the extremist targets in Syria.