British hostage appears in new ISIS propaganda video

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The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria released another propaganda video Thursday featuring a British man who is believed to be held captive by the terrorist group.

The new video, titled “Lend Me Your Ears,” comes on the heels of ISIS releasing gruesome footage of its beheadings of American journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley in recent weeks, in addition to British aid worker David Cawthorne Haines last weekend.

In the latest three-minute video, which has not been verified by NBC News, the British man is not harmed. He appears alone in orange clothing similar to that worn by Foley, Sotloff and Haines.

The video alternates between close-ups of the man’s face and him sitting behind a desk with his hands clasped behind a black backdrop. The British man suggests he will appear in more videos. It’s a departure from ISIS’s previous videos in that the hostage, not a masked militant, is delivering a message to the camera. The man says he was captured by ISIS in Syria in November 2012.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday that U.S. intelligence officials are reviewing the video “for any information they can glean that might be useful.”

“They are reviewing that video in coordination with our British allies as well,” Earnest added.

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ISIS released a separate propaganda video on Wednesday in which the terrorist group appears to threaten U.S. troops and the White House. It concludes with “fighting has just begun.”

Thursday’s video comes after Congress authorized President Obama’s controversial plan to combat ISIS by arming and training moderate Syrian rebels. The Senate approved the president’s plan on Thursday in a 78 to 22 vote. That followed a Wednesday vote by the House, which passed the plan with 273 to 156 votes. There was significant opposition from both parties in the House, however, with 71 Republicans and 85 Democrats voting against it.

The Democratic-controlled Senate is expected to approve the bill on Thursday.

While leaders of both parties back Obama’s goal of destroying ISIS, some lawmakers have expressed concerns that weapons given to the rebels could end up in the hands of terrorists. Others say Obama’s plans do not go far enough while some are concerned about the U.S. getting embroiled in yet another war.

The U.S. has already engaged in airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq. U.S. Central Command announced on Thursday that it conducted two airstrikes in Iraq on Wednesday and Thursday. Those attacks destroyed an ISIS armed vehicle, two ISIS-occupied buildings, an ammunition stockpile and a large ground unit. CENTCOM said it has launched a total of 176 airstrikes in Iraq since the U.S. intervened on Aug. 7.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel appeared in separate House committee hearings Tuesday on Capitol Hill, continuing to make the case for the Obama administration’s current airstrike campaign and plan to arm Syrian rebels.  

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British hostage appears in new ISIS propaganda video

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