The corporate media in the United States and Britain are making a lot of noise about John Cantlie.

Cantlie is a British journalist. In a video released by the Islamic State, he reports IS is in control of much of Kobani, the embattled Syrian Kurd city on the border with Turkey.

“Now the battle for Kobani is coming to an end,” Cantlie reports. “The mujahideen are just mopping up now, street to street, and building to building.”

The corporate media has dismissed the video as propaganda and say Cantlie is a hostage and therefore the report has no legitimacy.

Cantlie, however, makes an interesting point during the five and a half minute video – the corporate media gets its information about the battle for Kobani from a biased source – the Kurds fighting to prevent the city from falling to the IS Mujahideen.

Last week the Pentagon admitted the city may fall to IS.

“Officials at the U.S. military’s Central Command warned the Islamic State could ultimately capture the town, even after coalition air strikes and air drops of weapons and medical supplies to help Syrian Kurdish fighters fend off the militants in street battles,” Reuters reported on October 23.

As I noted on October 22, the fight for Kobani and endless propaganda about the power of the Islamic State serve as a pretext for full-blown U.S. military presence in Syria.

The ultimate goal is not to save the people of Kobani or those in northern Iraq said to be the victims of IS, but the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad and his Shia regime.


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