Dreams of the Islamic State

An ISIS man studies religious a text with a gun in the background.
An ISIS man studies religious a text with a gun in the background. (Photo: Video screenshot)

Our thanks go to our partners Anne Speckhard and Ahmed Yayla of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism for this interview with Syrian ISIS defector, Ibn Mesud.

Speckhard and Yayla explain:

Ibn Mesud was a child soldier in ISIS, serving in the Cubs of the Caliphate. In this video clip he speaks about the hypocrisy inside ISIS — of guards and ISIS cadres having one set of rules for themselves and another harsh one for the civilians they rule. His story includes post-traumatic grief and emotional suffering as a result of taking part in beheadings and other crimes against humanity.

 

Warning: There are graphic scenes in this video.

 

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David Harris
David Harris is the editor in chief of Clarion Project.