The 3mins video shows captured British journalist John Cantlie sitting alone behind a desk in a darkened room (left). Appearing to read from a script, Mr Cantliesays that he arrived in Syria in November 2012 and was subsequently kidnapped by the Islamic State. He promises to reveal ‘the truth’ about the organisation in a series of ‘programmes’ – suggesting that more videos of Mr Cantlie will appear.
The release of the video, which has not been verified, comes just a day after more than 100 Muslim leaders signed a statement pleading with ISIS to release British aid worker Alan Henning. Mr Henning is currently facing death at the hands of ISIS’s British executioner ‘Jihadi John’ and was paraded before the cameras in a video of fellow hostage David Haines’s murder. Dozens of Imams from around the UK criticised the terror group as ‘monsters’ for the brutal murder of Mr Haines and insisted killing Mr Henning would be ‘un-Islamic’.