Isis in Syria: Barbarity of ‘Islamic State’ prison described by survivor held with James Foley

An activist who survived imprisonment by Isis in Syria alongside James Foley has spoken of physical and psychological torture at the hands of the group.

Louay Abdul-Jood, a Syrian activist, was held for six months before being released in a prisoner exchange with the Free Syrian Army, Radio Free Iraq reported.

He said he was abducted by gunmen alongside a cameraman working for news agency AFP by Isis gunmen in November last year, as they reported on barrel bombing in Aleppo.

Mr Foley, who was beheaded by Isis in August, was one of several foreign journalists Mr Abdul-Jood said were being held in a makeshift prison.

“Most of the prisoners were not treated with beatings, but were mostly subjected to psychological methods: putting a knife close to your neck saying that you will be slaughtered,” he told Radio Free Iraq.

“This treatment was long-term and had a greater effect than physical abuse.”

James Foley was murdered by Isis earlier this yearAfter hours of being held in isolation in total darkness, a militant would enter to tell him he would be killed “not today, but tomorrow, God willing”, he said.

Mr Abdul-Jood’s captors reportedly accused him of “being secular”, being in a forbidden extra-marital relationship and of belonging to the Free Syrian Army, who are fighting Isis as well as the Syrian government.

Prisoners who were not journalists were routinely beaten and tortured, he said, including a man he allegedly saw “hanging upside down and having his feet sliced with razors”, doused with alcohol and then electric shocked…

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