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Hostage 'news report' video says Islamic State close to taking Kobani
Hostage 'news report' video says Islamic State close to taking Kobani

The battle for the Syrian city of Kobani took a grim new twist with the release of a video depicting a British journalist held captive by the militant group Islamic State delivering a "news report" from the border town, predicting imminent defeat for the Kurdish defenders and mocking U.S.-led airstrikes as ineffectual. The use of hostage John Cantlie, a British photojournalist, to boast that Islamic State was tightening its grip on the besieged city marked a tactical departure for the Sunni Muslim extremists in their use of captives for propaganda purposes. It also pointed up the importance the group places on Kobani, which has become a symbol of its confrontation with a U.S.-led...

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