ISIS prisoners in Syria

Thousands of suspected jihadists have been detained by Kurdish forces in Syria since the fall of ISIS. Brut. gained rare access into the prisons where ISIS fighters are held — this is what they told us.

Rare interview with ISIS members

Brut. got rare access to a high-security and heavily populated Kurdish prison in Syria where 5,000 alleged ISIS members are being held. We were able to interview two different prisoners. One was a 33-year-old male from the UK, and the other was a 24-year-old male originally from Belgium. They both moved to Syria in 2014 but feel different about their decision to move there.

When asked if they regret joining ISIS

“No, I don’t regret joining ISIS. I came here initially to help the people. That was my sole purpose, to help the Syrian people, which I did even when I was in the Islamic State. Every time the coalition bombs would happen, I would try my best to go dig the people out of the rubble. Every time I would be digging graves to bury the Syrian people. This was kind of my services that I could do, I did this. And I don’t regret this.”, stated the UK prisoner.

“Of course, I regret. I got really brainwashed. I was ISIS, I had the ideology, I was in the movie, thinking I’m going to take all the world.”, revealed the Belgian prisoner.

The prisoners are unaware of current events

Access was granted under two conditions: No filming the exterior of the prison, and no speaking to detainees about the news to prevent a revolt from happening. Prisoners aren’t aware of the death of ex-ISIS chief Abou Bakr Al-Baghdadi. It is unclear whether their home countries will request their extradition and whether they will be released. There are an estimated 11,000 ex-ISIS members being held in Kurdish prisons.

When asked about their future and families

“All it is, I just want to know if my family is alive. Nobody has ever given me this information.”, the UK prisoner said.


02/15/2020 12:58 PM
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  • Anouar A.
    a day

    Muslims are the best people ❤️❤️❤️

  • Anouar A.
    a day

    Real terrorists are America exetra..... 🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🇺🇸

  • Fahad A.
    a day

    Our beloved Prophet Muhammad S.A.W.W peace be upon him said... The Daish is dogs of hell.. Khawarij is qaloob of naar... ALLAH SWT WILL DESTROY THEM FROM ROOT AND ALLAH SWT HAVE DONE IT... But they are never completely finished now.. They are among us but Insha'Allah we will find them and kill them to person to person... Ohhh Takkferii, Oh Daish, Oh Khawarij,, wherever You want to concealed yourself... We will be find you.. Insha'Allah... Jihad is never ended.. Jihad have now started now... Oh helper of ISIS.. I'm talking to U America and Israel oh Jewish ppl.. Listen carefully... I'll destroy your country and yours everything... Insha'Allah. Allahu'Akbar Allahu'Akbar Allahu'Akbar

  • Boratt R.
    a day

    Every prisoner should get death because they treat humans with no respect

  • Duke R.
    2 days

    Their goal is to kill. Just kill them, too. When they're freed, they will still kill innocent people. Don't keep prisoners, just trophies. -dark side of the moon

  • Victor P.
    2 days

    If your family is slaughtered by the Americans or French or whatever...would you feel sorry for anyone?Real terrorist are those who fight for them.

  • Greg D.
    2 days

    Very sad, but the only way to defeat an ideology is to eradicate the adherents? They wanted to rule the world or die for Allah? Grant their wish? 😉😂

  • Rafi I.
    3 days

    Blow them all up along with the prison. This will fullfil their wish and we'll be rid of them.

  • Joshua C.
    3 days

    Put him down.

  • Ryan L.
    4 days

    Gas the lot of them

  • Don E.
    4 days

    When you choose this to do then dont regret were you are now .

  • Bao K.
    5 days

    Istead of feeding them, let them behead each other as they did to others.

  • Debashis R.
    5 days

    ISIS member complains about prison situation means Kurdish forces are doing something right. They talk about beheading others but can’t tolerate being imprisoned.

  • Mohamed C.
    6 days

    5000 prisoners you say? 🤔 All I need is 5000 bullets and I'll even do it for free 😊 use voucher code *cowards5000

  • Burak L.
    6 days


  • George R.
    07/08/2020 14:42

    To have the courage to ask for basic human rights when you fought on the same side with those that blew up Innocents around the world is a gruesome display of religious dogmatic hypocrisy. You deserve nothing .

  • Liam A.
    07/08/2020 06:53

    The prison break scene

  • Jazz D.
    07/08/2020 02:00

    Way better than how you treated isis prisoners. Lol is this guys serious? Talking about human rights 😂😂😂

  • Dean S.
    07/07/2020 21:45

    The prisoners got what they deserved

  • Lars E.
    07/07/2020 19:52

    Kijl nu ik jetoch aan het spammen ben 🙈