Civilian recounts the brutal torture endured under ISIS

A civilian who was imprisoned by ISIS reveals the horrifying tale of fear and brutality at the hands of the group.

He recounts how he was imprisoned several times, the first time, only for “two to three hours”. But the second time consisted of more insidious treatment as he was exposed to “psychological punishment”.

The man finally recounts the corporal punishments where prisoners would be beaten with a stick that had “two tails” and “sometimes four”, so a double punishment would be inflicted.

Stories of torture in ISIS-run areas are prevalent by those who escaped the group’s rule in both Iraq and Syria. One man struggles for words when recounting his past experiences under ISIS near Mosul, and the barbaric practises of bitting women who do not adhere to strict dress codes by the so-called Hisba (religious police).