In a heartbreaking letter written by British hostage John Cantlie and released by the Islamic State group, the war photographer and correspondent had a grim message for his family, who has waited for his release for over two years.
The letter, published in the Islamic State-affiliated publication Dubiq, reveals a man resigned to a brutal fate at the hands of the barbaric terror group.
“Let it go. Leave it be and get on with your lives, all of you,” Cantlie’s letter read.
He also referred to an interview done by his partner, saying, “That was my fiancee, whom I hope now has long since forgotten me and moved on. What can the remnants of one family, smashed and emotionally exhausted after two years of campaigning, be expected to do by themselves.”
Cantlie was abducted along with a Dutch photographer by extremists affiliated with the Islamic State group while crossing into Syria from Turkey on July 19, 2012.
After the abduction, which occurred near Bab al-Hawa, Cantlie was also wounded while trying to escape (H/TGateway Pundit).
In addition, the letter included some propaganda likely crafted by the Islamic State group, as opposed to Cantlie, saying that “every bomb dropped in Syria or Iraq serves as a recruitment tool for the Islamic State.”
Cantlie’s letter came in the wake of a video featuring the hostage. In that video, Cantlie said that it would be “the last video from this series,” perhaps meaning he may know more about his fate than he let on in the communications.
The video and the letter were the latest shockers from the Islamic State group, which had gotten itself back into the headlines recently with its immolation of a captured Jordanian pilot.
The savage burning of the pilot brought Jordan into the conflict and has already led to air strikes which have killed over 7,000 Islamic State terrorists.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cantlie family.
—Courtesy of The Conservative Tribune