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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  • Ben W.
    14 hours

    Bullet in each head, and forget they exist.

  • Xaid I.
    14 hours

    Isis ideology is very bad but Islamic State is the best for entire world...

  • Tom A.
    15 hours

    Solution: gift them with corona

  • Andrea P.
    16 hours

    Support Kurdish soldier, thanks

  • Luke P.
    16 hours

    Oh no what a shame 🤣

  • Cyrus K.
    16 hours

    Hope they all die there

  • Carlos A.
    17 hours

    “Basic human rights” lmao funny coming from a terrorist

  • Louis K.
    17 hours

    They really are the filthiest of the filth

  • Joe F.
    18 hours

    An isis fighter complaining for human rights😂

  • Andrew W.
    18 hours

    Sorry, are we supposed to feel sorry for these pigs?

  • John J.
    19 hours

    How did issi treat there prisoners. And i bet these ladys where calling out and cheering when they beheaded there prisoner's. Iam glad they didnt kill the quick and left them to suffer

  • Jordan G.
    21 hours

    Why blur the cowards face out

  • Fabio S.
    a day

    They behead people and he's talking about human rights SUUUUUURE BRO

  • Alex C.
    a day

    I wanna watch this later plz

  • Bryan D.
    a day

    Trying to drum up sympathy for them? Laughable. Hearing those idiots talk about human rights, asinine.

  • Brandon C.
    a day

    The bombing of Afghanistan the USA killed over 500000 people over 300 thousand being civilian including children and all they said was oh were sorry whos the real terrorist

  • Brenda H.
    a day

    Don't ever believe that any of those people regret what they did or who they are, including their families. Why are the Kurds letting the prisoners live?

  • Bill E.
    a day

    How all prisons should be run, dont be a prick dont end up in prison it's not rocket science you morons

  • Meats J.
    a day


  • Subhadeep D.
    a day

    Brut what to say? Love your painted journalism.