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British Reporter’s Promotional Video of ISIS Reveals White Helmets’ Ties to ISIS. (2015)

Where to start? This one is slightly complex. John Cantlie is a photojournalist.  His works have been featured in publications such as the Sunday Times, the Sunday Telegraph, Esquire, GQ, and Top Gear.

John Cantlie was in Aleppo in 2015 promoting mujahideens and Sharia law.  If this sounds weird to you, don’t worry. Cantlie disappeared from social media in late 2012, and in November of 2012, it was revealed that he had been abducted by ISIS.

Cantlie appeared in a video called “Inside Halab.”  Halab is the ancient name for Aleppo.  Halab was occupied by ISIS. Cantlie was on the ground promoting mujahideens and Sharia law during this period. This is a screencap of some of the things he said.  I encourage you to search for these videos on Youtube and watch them. It will give you more insight to what is happening in this blog article.

Despite this video being made public, it didn’t resonate on social media. Perhaps people weren’t interested, or perhaps people assumed it was a hoax. I know that this is the first time I ever heard of it.  The video “Inside Halab” was part of series of propaganda videos by ISIS.  On the Wikipedia page is a list of 7 videos made by ISIS.  “Inside Halab” is the only one I’ve viewed so far and it is suspiciously high quality.  The kind of video that only government/NGO’s and big media companies have a tendency to produce.  In other words, it’s not amateur.

Now on to the video.  Inside Halab.  An ISIS fighter who speaks french is interviewed by Cantlie. The French Jihadist spoke of fighting to defend his religion.

“Kill them with knives, At the very least strike them in the face.” he says.

Cantlie describes how US drones are always watching the skies. He speculates whether it was the US who had been bombing Aleppo or if it was Assad.  Cantlie describes how ISIS are raising children to become the next generation of Mujahideen.

At 8:00 we see White Helmets walking around aimlessly.

At 8:20 Cantlie warns his cameraman to run. Aleppo is then bombed. The video then cuts to an amateur video filmed by a french speaking person. On the floor is dust, debris, a child’s plastic schoolbag, and a helmet and uniform belonging to the White Helmets.

Unfortunately I can’t verify the authenticity of the second half of the video. I don’t know if it was captured in Aleppo or someplace else. For now this is all I have to go with.  I’m guessing this must be where the “jounalists were beheaded for saying the are no moderates in Syria” meme comes from.





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