First responders check the wounded and the dead at the site of a suicide attack in Sanaa October 9, 2014.
ISIS, even on its own so-called people, uses force and fear to get things done. People would have thought fighters of the Islamist jihad group are afforded certain privileges at least. But Kareem Mufleh, a young 15-year old ISIS fighter captured by a Kurdish group early this year, presented an uglier picture.
Mufleh, whose face was covered throughout the interview with CBS News, readily admitted that he was indeed one of the ISIS’ fighters. But he likewise easily defended his entry into the blood-hungry band was a choice between life and death; he chose the former.
Mufleh said that when the ISIS eventually came and captured their village, the men were separated and killed. Then the much younger boys are detained and trained to become one of them. He shared that he saw how the ISIS massacred numerous people, including women for simply wearing clothing that doesn’t cover enough flesh. He told of an incident where a woman, presumably a new bride, was killed “because her wedding dress showed her neck and bare arms.”
But what struck as an upsetting revelation in the interview was how suicide bombers are groomed to carry out their jobs. He told the CBS News interviewer that ISIS gives its designated suicide bombers Zolam, an anti-anxiety drug, before they are hurled into the battleground. The drug, he said, apparently makes all mental capacities numb. “That drug makes you lose your mind,” he said. “If they give you a suicide belt and tell you to blow yourself up, you’ll do it”…