IS captive in jail in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region IS captive in jail in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region photo: Reuters
The Islamic State (IS) militant Ammar Hussein who is now a captive in Sulaymaniyah province confessed that he has raped more than 200 women from Iraqi minorities particularly Yezidis, and killed around 500 people since he joined the extremist organization in 2013.
Kurdish intelligence authorities gave Reuters rare access to Hussein and another IS militant who were both captured during Kirkuk terrorist attack in October 2016 which resulted in the death of 99 civilians, and near 100 militants.
Hussein said his IS commanders, gave him and others a green light to rape as many Yezidi and other women as they wanted.
“Young men need this,” Hussein told Reuters. “This is normal.”
Witnesses and Iraqi officials say the IS militants raped many Yezidi women after the group attacked the majority Yezidi town of Sinjar in 2014 and abducted thousands of Yezidi women as sex slaves.
Hussein said he has also killed about 500 people since he joined the IS extremist organization in 2013.
"We shot whoever we needed to shoot and beheaded whoever we needed to beheaded," said Hussein.
Hussein sees himself as a victim of hardship, a product of a broken home and poverty in his hometown of Mosul as he said "I had no money. No one to say 'this is wrong, this is right.' No jobs. I had friends but no one to give me advice," said Hussein.
Counter-terrorism agents described a second prisoner, Ghaffar Abdel Rahman, 31, as less forthcoming, and said he had revealed little during questioning about his experiences as a checkpoint and logistics man for IS.
He said he and his brother joined IS because otherwise, as state employees, they would have been killed by the group.
When he was asked about his view of the Shi'ite Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, he said Iraq would always be plagued by instability because many sects live in the country. "He (Abadi) does not provide people with justice," said Abdel Rahman.
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