Security Minister Says ISIS Hostage John Cantlie Is Still Alive

Security Minister Says ISIS Hostage John Cantlie Is Still Alive

Security Minister Says ISIS Hostage John Cantlie Is Still Alive

John Cantlie, a British journalist who was taken hostage in Syria in 2012 and appeared in a number of ISIS propaganda videos during his time in captivity, is believed to be alive, UK Security Minister Ben Wallace said Tuesday.

He said previous statements by United Kingdom officials had hinted that the Briton was probably dead, and Security Minister Ben Wallace has not explained why he believes Mr Cantlie is still a captive.

The group used Cantlie to present a series of propaganda videos for the group beginning two years after his capture.

Wallace said the British government's policy is not to pay ransoms for hostages.

He was kidnapped in Syria in 2012 alongside American journalist James Foley, who was later beheaded on camera.

In a video which emerged in March 2016, a thin-looking Cantlie was seen speaking about the bombing of Mosul University in Iraq.

Last November, a former ISIS member told French magazine Paris Match that he saw Mr Cantlie in the Syrian city of Raqqa, 300 miles from Mosul.

Cantlie was captured first in July 2012 but escaped with help from the Free Syrian Army.

Cantlie was one of about a dozen Westen hostages held by the group over the past six years.

Mr Foley was executed in 2014, apparently by the British ISIS terrorist who became known as "Jihadi John".

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