ISIS Captive John Cantlie's Sister: Abandonment Claims 'Not True'

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The family of ISIS hostage John Cantlie accused the militant group on Monday of cutting off negotiations seeking the British journalist's release. Jessica Cantlie, the hostage's sister, released a videotaped statement that dismissed ISIS's claims that there had been no attempt to engage with the group. "We had previously been in contact through a channel started by you, but then this stopped for reasons best known to you," she said. She challenged ISIS to reopen talks.

John Cantlie, a photographer who worked for the Sunday Times of Britain, was taken captive in Syria alongside American reporter James Foley nearly two years ago. Cantlie has appeared in a propaganda video called "Lend Me Your Ears" in which he says — apparently by force — that he has been "abandoned" by his government and promises more "programs" to come. Cantlie's terminally ill father released his own video statement this month pleading for his release.


—Jon Schuppe