ISIS Tortured Hostages

This shows that Islamist criticism of American policy is a sham. ISIS not only engages in methods they believe the USA has used such as water boarding but go far beyond that into the realms of torture often used by the very middle eastern dictator's regimes they aspire to replace.

The hapless people are stuck between the butcher they knew and the next group of butchers.

NYT's The story of what happened in the Islamic State’s underground network of prisons in Syria is one of excruciating suffering. Mr. Foley and his fellow hostages were routinely beaten and subjected to waterboarding. For months, they were starved and threatened with execution by one group of fighters, only to be handed off to another group that brought them sweets and contemplated freeing them. The prisoners banded together, playing games to pass the endless hours, but as conditions grew more desperate, they turned on one another. Some, including Mr. Foley, sought comfort in the faith of their captors, embracing Islam and taking Muslim names.

Their struggle for survival, which is being told now for the first time, was pieced together through interviews with five former hostages, locals who witnessed their treatment, relatives and colleagues of the captives, and a tight circle of advisers who made trips to the region to try to win their release. Crucial details were confirmed by a former member of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, who was initially stationed in the prison where Mr. Foley was held, and who provided previously unknown details of his captivity.

The punishment for any perceived offense was torture.

“You could see the scars on his ankles,” Jejoen Bontinck, 19, of Belgium, a teenage convert to Islam who spent three weeks in the summer of 2013 in the same cell as Mr. Foley, said of him. “He told me how they had chained his feet to a bar and then hung the bar so that he was upside down from the ceiling. Then they left him there.”

ISIS murdered Russian hostage.
During the triage phase, the guards identified the single Russian hostage, a man known to the others as Sergey, as the least marketable commodity.

Identified in the Russian news media as Sergey Gorbunov, he was last seen in a video released in October 2013. Stuttering, he said that if Moscow failed to meet the kidnappers’ demands, he would be killed.

Sometime this spring, the masked men came for him.They dragged the terrified prisoner outside and shot him. They filmed his body. Then they returned to show the footage to the surviving hostages.

“This,” they said, “is what will happen to you if your government doesn’t pay.”

Word of Mr. Gorbunov's fate was unknown to myself. Why ISIS did not release this information to the public is clear, the Russians deal very harshly with those who murder their citizens, a wrath that ISIS would like to avoid.

But now that its clear I hope the Russians act, we share a common cause and you have to admire Russian "efficiency" in these matters.

Posted by: Howie at 09:40 AM

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