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


  • Phithakphong R.
    02/12/2021 06:32


  • Arkadeep D.
    02/09/2021 08:46


  • Paula F.
    02/04/2021 19:01

    Well they caught another chopneck.

  • Elis E.
    01/26/2021 10:54


  • Shafat C.
    01/10/2021 05:52

    Your have used one wrong term that you said 'JIHADISTS'.No man you are extremely wrong.Jihad itself has a very calm and deep meaning significantly.What they are doing is not according to Islam but terrorism.They are terrorists and that is their only identity. They don't have the right to claim themselves as MUSLIMS.Islam don't teach us to kill or hurt someone who is innocent.Terrorism has no religion.Terrorism is itself a cast beyond all religious beliefs.So call themselves as TERRORISTS NOT JIHADISTS.

  • Apo K.
    12/30/2020 17:23

    Oh God you see he talking about human rights 🤔

  • Mike S.
    12/24/2020 11:00

    Shoot the lot, start with that begum cow!

  • Dan M.
    12/22/2020 09:04

    I bet he's loving having his Anus invaded by 100 men each night in his 4X4 cell.

  • James R.
    12/22/2020 05:52

    Treat them like they do every one else. Cut their heads off.

  • AhMad
    12/22/2020 05:48

    He was talking about human rights! Humans have the right to keep their own head mf.

  • Danny J.
    12/22/2020 05:34

    A terrorist talking about human rights while they are the one beheading their prisoners. What does he expect being in prison? That he will be given a special accommodation?

  • Andrei P.
    12/22/2020 04:47

    I only feel bad for those children running barefoot around those camps.....

  • Binyam B.
    12/22/2020 04:21

    so is this the final destination of Islam as religion 😄🙆

  • Jerry W.
    12/22/2020 03:00


  • Hossam H.
    12/22/2020 02:26

    An isis member talking about human rights !!! How funny this world could be more than that 😂 what kind of human rights they believe in !! Only when they get captured they say where are our rights like wtf

  • Peter G.
    12/22/2020 02:24

    Human rights are for humans these are not hunan . The women lie one minute they have apartments and life is good two seconds later no food no diapers.

  • Franco B.
    12/21/2020 21:08

    No sympathy here, Hope no one makes out. They are the embarrassment of human life.

  • Shy P.
    12/21/2020 21:00

    They deserve everything they get! Jihadist have no place in the world!

  • راتب س.
    12/21/2020 18:48

    They have good British accent

  • Martin A.
    12/21/2020 18:42

    I wish I could have 10min in a room no weapons or bombs, except the one I drop on your head.

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