Detained Islamic State Fighter Offers Glimpse into Violent World

KIRKUK, IRAQ — Islamic State militants usually speak to the media through their propaganda machine against a backdrop of bombs, mortars and sniper fire. To better understand what is happening in IS-controlled territories, VOA visits a detention center in Kirkuk, Iraq, to meet a self-described former IS fighter. Here is what happened:

The door abruptly swings open, and we are surprised to see two soldiers burst in, the prisoner Mithaq in tow.

Mithaq’s wrists are handcuffed in front of him and a black knit cap is pulled over his eyes and nose. I had imagined we would see him in a cell, and not dressed as he is – in a black and red Adidas track suit.