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Defector left ISIS after being ‘shocked’ by beheadings
« on: March 18, 2015, 12:48:20 PM »
Defector left ISIS after being ‘shocked’ by beheadings

By Chris Perez
March 17, 2015 | 1:06pm

The Islamic State has “many ways of gaining people’s goodwill and support” — including hallucinatory drugs and week-long marriage contracts — but it’s only a matter of time before new recruits are forced to behead their friends and rape scores of non-Muslim women, an ISIS defector says.

Speaking in an interview with The Independent, a 33-year-old former jihadi, known as Hamza, candidly described his time with the brutal terrorist group and explained how he deserted and fled Iraq in January.

“The executions, or more horribly the beheadings, as well as the raping of the non-Muslim girls … These scenes terrified me,” he told the British newspaper. “I imagined myself being caught up in these shootings, executions, beheadings and raping, if I stayed where I was.”

Being a member of the Islamic State was just too brutal for Hamza, who is from the Iraqi city of Fallujah. He originally became an ISIS fighter last year when he was attracted to the religious appeal and benefits.

“They were kind to people in general and did not force them to join their military service,” he recalled of the Islamic State recruiters. “I was paid ($245) a month in addition to many privileges, including food, fuel, and more recently, access to the Internet … They had many ways of gaining people’s goodwill and support … they were giving small lectures and sermons after prayers … about how to reform and improve society, using the Quran and Hadith [traditional Islamic teachings] to support their arguments. This was like some kind of brainwashing.”

But Hamza never thought he would actually have to kill people, he said.

“I don’t like Shia, but when it comes to killing them, I was shocked,” he told the Independent. “Although they were showing us videos of Shia militias killing Sunni people, we were troubled when we attended real executions.”

Hamza claims he ultimately left ISIS after they asked him to take part in the execution of Sunni hostages, some of whom he knew.

“I couldn’t endure what we were going to do,” he said. “The commander said: ‘I will give you another chance later. For now we have mujahideen [jihadis] to carry out the killing.’”

Hamza says another reason he defected was because he couldn’t stand by and watch as the sex-crazed extremists raped countless numbers of captured women.

“As for the raping, and the way different men marry by turn the same woman over a period of time, this is not humane,” he told the Independent. “There were some Tunisian Muslim girls who came from Syria. Those Muslim girls were sleeping with some commanders under a marriage contract for a week only and then they were divorced and married to another one. I asked one of them how she had come to be in Syria and she answered that she had traveled first to Turkey and then across the Turkish-Syrian border.”

Three teenage schoolgirls from the UK made headlines recently after they abandoned their families to join ISIS. The trio also traveled to Turkey before venturing into Syria and could conceivably suffer the same fates as the women described by Hamza, according to the Independent.

Shortly after Hamza refused to execute the Sunni prisoners because he knew them, some of the ISIS militants offered him and some others 13 captured Yazidi girls for sex, he said. This — combined with the attempt to make him kill his own friends — drove him over the edge and convinced him to flee.

“At the beginning, I thought they were fighting for Allah, but later I discovered they are far from the principles of Islam,” Hamza explained. “I know that some fighters were taking hallucinatory drugs; others were obsessed with sex.”

“I left them because I was afraid and deeply troubled by this horrible situation,” he added. “The justice they were calling for when they first arrived in Fallujah turned out to be only words.”