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ISIS releases new video showing British hostage

ISIS on Thursday released a video in which a British captive claims he will expose "the truth" about the Sunni militant group in a series of videos to be released sometime in the future.

In contrast to recent videos showing the beheadings of two American journalists, the new video shows British journalist John Cantlie sitting calmly at a desk, seemingly reading from a script. Cantile admits he is a prisoner who is making the video because ISIS has a "gun at his head," though he adds that, "seeing as I've been abandoned by my government and my fate now lies in the hands of the Islamic State, I have nothing to lose."

"Maybe I will live and maybe I will die, but I want to take this opportunity to convey some facts that you can verify," he continues. "Facts that if you contemplate, might help preserving lives."

The Senate is set to vote Thursday on an amendment that would authorize the White House to train and arm Syrian rebels to fight ISIS.