Video: hostage announces ISIS control of Kobane

ARA News

The Islamic State (IS/ISIS) released a new video of the British hostage John Cantlie, this time showing him in the Syrian border city of Kobane.

In the video, which lasts for more than five minutes, Cantlie argues that, “unlike Western media accounts of recent days”, the largest parts of the city of Kobane and its countryside are currently under the control of the Islamic State.

He claims that the militant fighters of the Islamic State are spreading their control over the area, adding that the battle for Kobane is over in favor of IS.

“For a month now, the soldiers of the Islamic State have besieged this key Kurdish city, but despite continual American airstrikes, which so far have cost nearly half a billion dollars in total, the Mujahideen have pushed deep into the city,” Cantile claims in the video.

“They now control the eastern and southern sectors,” he said. “All I’ve seen here in the city of Kobane is Mujahideen, there are no YPG, PKK, or Peshmerga inside.”

“All the air power is not enough to defeat the Islamic State here in Kobane,” the British hostage said.

However, the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) and other allied Syrian rebels reported advance against extremists of IS in Kobane.

Reporting by: Aziz Ali

Source: ARA News

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