ISIS Forces Captive To Make Cheerful Propaganda Tour Video Of Mosul

Amna Shoaib
Is this the Islamic State's attempt at appearing rational to the world?

The Islamic State released a propaganda video of captive British photojournalist, John Cantlie. Instead of appearing threatened or scared, Cantlie is seen in a cheery mood, wearing civilian clothing.

The video shows Cantlie giving a tour of Mosul, the second-largest city of Iraq, captured by ISIS in June. The bizarre clip, in typical documentary-style, shows Cantlie exploring the city's souk (marketplace), hospitals, riding a motorcycle and going around the roads to get a feel of the place.

Cantlie repeatedly criticizes the Western media's "misleading" depiction of Mosul, which contrasts starkly with his own portrayal of the city as a bustling metropolitan.

Speaking to the camera, he says: "The media likes to paint a picture of life in the Islamic State as depressed, people walking around as subjugated citizens in chains, beaten down by strict, totalitarian rule.

"But really apart from some rather chilly but very sunny December weather, life here in Mosul is business as usual."

Cantlie then goes on to dispute an October 2014 Guardian article titled "Citizens of Mosul endure economic collapse and repression under Isis rule."

"This is not an empty place, it's bustling," he says, pointing to the neon lights.

He is also seen mocking the operations done to rescue him by shouting at the planes flying overhead, ''Here! Down here! Over here! You've come to rescue me again? Do something! Useless! Absolutely useless!''

The video is currently being analyzed at the Foreign Office. A spokesperson is reported to have said:  “We are aware of the release of another video and are studying its contents.”