Security minister declines to give an explanation for on whereabouts of journalist captured in Syria in 2012
John Cantlie, the British journalist captured by Islamic Say more than six years within the past, is light alive, the Home Space of enterprise has acknowledged.
The safety minister, Ben Wallace, in a briefing with newshounds, didn’t give an explanation for on his justification for the UK authorities’s perception that Cantlie is alive. He declined to present itsy-bitsy print of where British intelligence believes Cantlie is light held by Isis.
The quantity of Isis-held territory in Syria and Iraq has gotten smaller vastly, nonetheless the UK, contrary to Donald Trump’s US administration, does now not deem Isis has been effectively defeated.
Cantlie, captured by Isis in Syria in 2012, fronted a series of propaganda movies for the personnel nonetheless had now not been seen alive since a video turned into final launched in 2016. He turned into then shown in Mosul, northern Iraq. Mosul turned into free of Isis administration final 365 days after a bloody siege.
Wallace attach now not dangle made his remarks with out a firm section of evidence. The UK will probably be relying either on intercept evidence, or some fragment equipped from the increasing sequence of historical Isis fighters returning to Europe.
Cantlie’s sister Jessica had previously appealed for recount contact with the personnel maintaining him. There turned into no prompt commentary from his household.
In July 2017, reviews emerged in Iraqi media, based completely on interviews with Isis fighters, claiming Cantlie had been killed in an airstrike at some point soon within the course of the battle to recapture Mosul. Nonetheless in October 2017, a French Isis fighter told the French magazine Paris Match that he had seen Cantlie “seven or eight months within the past” in Raqqa, the Isis stronghold in Syria.
In January, the Syrian Democratic Forces, fighting to defeat each and every the president, Bashar al-Assad, and Isis, acknowledged Cantlie have to light be alive in Hajin metropolis inner the personnel’s then final pocket within the jap Syria province of Deir ez-Zor.
Cantlie turned into captured in November 2012 alongside the US reporter James Foley who turned into therefore beheaded.
The Free John Cantlie campaign has persisted to take a be aware at to support his memory alive with increasingly more heartfelt appeals for somebody to arrive forward and provide records on his whereabouts. It acknowledged on Twitter: “We’re attentive to the present news circulating that John Cantlie is alive, whereas right here’s now not substantiated at this time, we continue to hope and pray that this appears to be like to be appropriate. Thank you for your persisted toughen”.
The international secretary, Jeremy Hunt, now not too long within the past wrote to the international affairs opt committee announcing that he believed Isis “had misplaced practically the total territory they once held”, nonetheless remained a threat. He turned into responding to Trump’s resolution to withdraw US troops from Syria, a spin that has privately infuriated the UK navy and loads policymakers in Washington.
The US performing defence secretary, Patrick Shanahan, acknowledged final week it turned into weeks a ways from shooting all final Isis-held territory. The annual worldwide threat overview issued by US intelligence companies wired thousands of Isis fighters were light packed with life in Syria and Iraq.