Almost a month ago, Ali Hussein Kadhim – the lone survivor of the deadliest sectarian atrocity by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria – shared his story of escape with the world, revealing horrific details of how the militant organization works.
Now, another ex-ISIS hostage, a young boy this time, has shared equally horrendous details with CNN correspondent Arwa Damon. However, what’s more shocking is the fact that the boy seems to sympathize with the terrorists and their cause.
Merwan Mohammed Hussein – a young Syrian Kurd who was abducted four months ago by ISIS militants while on his way home from school – told Damon he was “terrified” at first.
After the militants Kidnapped Hussein and a few of his other classmates, they held them in a prison-like “primary school” where they would torture the children by hanging, beating and electrocuting them.
“They were “entrenched in ISIS’s version of Islam,” Damon said.
Hussein also revealed that ISIS made the young captives watch the videos of beheadings which would help them understand the “truth” about their cause that they “don’t just grab a random person off the street and execute him without evidence — only if they are infidels.”
When Damon asked the boy what he thinks of ISIS after going through all that, Hussein shocked his family and the news crew when he replied “they are right.”
Listen to Hussein’s gut-wrenching story in the CNN video above.
ISIS, in a matter of few months, has expanded to such a level that it has been declared as “the greatest threat to the national security of the United States” since the September 11 terrorist attacks of 2001.
Their insurgency in Iraq in combination with their social media tactics to recruit new members and intimidate enemies isprompting renewed national security concerns in Western countries – especially in the U.S. and Britain.