Hostage’s role in Islamic State videos may raise his value to group

February 9, 2015 11:51 PM

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Hostage’s role in Islamic State videos may raise his value to group

The Islamic State issued a new video Monday featuring its last known Western hostage narrating a news-broadcast-like report from the Syrian city of Aleppo and its surrounding areas.

The 11-minute video featuring John Cantlie, who’s been in Islamic State custody since Nov. 22, 2012, is the third on-the-scene report from the British hostage since October. It feeds growing speculation among some observers that Cantlie’s talents as a news presenter have made him more valuable to th...

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