In a previous video released by the ISIS media arm Alhayat Media Center, John Cantlie reported for the Islamic State from Kobane in Syria. Now the British journalist is back with a report from inside Mosul in Iraq.
The tone of this video, appropriately titled “From Inside Mosul“, is quite a bit different from his previous videos – John Can’t Lie still refers to himself as “hostage”, but remains very casual, goofs around and acts in overall good spirit as he gives his tour of the Iraq’s second largest city, and the Caliphate’s “heartland”.
Throughout the video, John Cantlie focuses on debunking the reports by the Western media who portray the life in Mosul since the overtake by the Islamic State in all the bleak colors. John Cantlie shows us the city with bustling markets and people going about their business. He points to neon store signs to demonstrate that people of Mosul have electricity throughout the day, not for mere two hours a day, as reported by the mainstream press.
He then visits a children’s hospital to show that despite systematic air raid campaigns, the Islamic State can handle dealing with the wounded and those affected by the military aggression against the city.
At the end of the video, John Cantlie rides along on a motorcycle with an Iraqi policeman to show that as far as he can see, there is little crime being committed and the police are “almost redundant despite their very firm presence.”
When he sees an American drone flying overhead, he jokes about its uselessness due to failing to rescue him again.
As a hostage of the Islamic State, John Cantlie enjoys far more freedom and human rights than Mark Marek, hostage of the Canadian state.