Sister of British IS Hostage Urges Captors to Resume Talks

Sister of British IS Hostage Urges Captors to Resume Talks

LONDON (Reuters) – The sister of a British man held hostage by Islamic State (IS) militants fighting in Iraq and Syria has urged his captors to resume contact, saying that all communication with those holding him had ceased.

Journalist John Cantlie has appeared in a number of videos posted online by IS, which has beheaded four Western hostages. He was captured in northern Syria in November 2012.

Cantlie’s sister, Jessica Cantlie, said she had been in contact with her brother’s captors through an unspecified channel of communication, which was initiated by those holding him, but that recent messages had gone unanswered.

“We strongly challenge those holding John to return to your previously opened channel, to which we continue to send messages and await your response,” she said in a statement released by the British Foreign Office.  

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