Freed IS hostage warns against bombing Syria

Nicolas Henin was held by a group of militants that included Jihadi John

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Freed hostage Frenchman Nicholas Henin. Photo: the Syria Campaign via Facebook

A French journalist held by Islamic State (IS) militants - including the man known as Jihadi John - for ten months has urged the West to stop bombing Syria.

Nicolas Henin was held with four hostages - Americans James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and Britons David Haines and Alan Henning - who were all murdered by British extremist Mohammed Emwazi.

He was released in April 2014.

In a short video by the opposition group the Syria Campaign, he warned that IS strikes were a "trap" that would push locals into the hands of extremists.

"We are just fuelling our enemies and fuelling the misery and disaster for the local people" he said.

"The winner of this war will not be the party that has the newest, the most expensive or the most sophisticated weaponry but the party that manages to have the people on its side."

“Strikes on Isis are a trap” - former ISIS hostage

“Strikes on Isis are a trap” - former ISIS hostage. Everybody should listen to this man.Nicolas Henin is a French Journalist who was held hostage by Isis for 10 months. One of his jailers was Mohammed Emwazi, known as “Jihadi John”.Listen to what Nicolas has to say about Isis, our treatment of refugees and most importantly: what it’ll take to defeat them.If you’re in the UK, you can email your MP calling for a ‘no-bombing zone’ in Syria. Not in the UK?

Posted by The Syria Campaign on Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Repressing revolution

He blamed the rise of IS extremists on Syrian president Bashar al Assad's repression of the revolution and the lack of action by the global community, which led to "Syrians living in total despair".

"The international community failed to assist the Syrian democrat as they were yelling for their freedom," he said in the message coinciding with Britain's parliamentary vote in favour of airstrikes.

The key to forcing the "collapse" of IS was to find a political solution engaging the local people and imposing no-fly zones on all regions held by the Syrian opposition, he said.

A parallel world

Describing the jihadis who held him captive, he said: "They have a vision of the world that is self-coherent."

"This vision is like a parallel world."

"This Western jihadi was always telling me about the moving matrix, that now we are living in a different matrix."

"They follow the news intensively and every single event that happens in the world they will see it as a confirmation of their belief."

But he believes last summer's refugee crisis was a blow to IS propaganda and that extremists hated seeing hundreds of thousands fleeing a "Muslim land" to go to what IS regard as the "land of the unbelievers".