CBS reporter Holly Williams is in northern Syria interviewing men in a Kurdish prison accused of being ISIS terrorists. The terrified prisoners were led blindfolded into a basement one by one so she could ask them questions. One man, Suleiman Mohanned, who is accused of plotting to detonate a car bomb, thought he was going to be beaten by his captors.
Ms. Williams spoke with several prisoners who claimed to have been captured by ISIS when their villages were invaded by the heavily-armed group. Kareem Mufleh, 15, was captured during a firefight in January. He had three bullet wounds to the stomach. His captors saved his life. The youngster told the reporter that he was given a choice:
“They captured my village and gave me a choice. Either join ISIS or be beheaded.”
The boy said that he had witnessed massacres in various villages in Syria.
“I even saw them kill a woman because her wedding dress showed her neck and bare arms.”
Muffled said that he was given the anti-anxiety drug Zolam before going into battle.
“That drug makes you lose your mind. If they give you a suicide belt and tell you to blow yourself up, you’ll do it.”
Williams reports that behind the façade of masked gunmen who slaughter those who disagree with their violent interpretation of Islam, there are frightened teens who are drugged and forced to fight.
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