New details are emerging from ISIS defectors. Most speaking on the condition of anonymity, have lifted the veil on the brutal organization.
The stories are shocking. Women confessing to hunting down other women not in appropriate attire and lashing them. Tragic tales of women being rushed to the ER after the sexual violence they experienced.
One former Jihadi soldier told CNN that once the bullets start flying, people being to realize this is real and ISIS isn’t the great organization they claim to be.
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London (CNN) Much has been written about the young men and women who join the Islamic State. We are familiar with their biographies and pathways, backgrounds and motivations.
But virtually nothing is known about those who quit: the “defectors” who didn’t like what they saw, abandoned their comrades and fled the Islamic State. Yet their stories could be key to stopping the flow of foreign fighters, countering the group’s propaganda and exposing its lies and hypocrisy.
For a short paper, I collected all published stories about people who have left the Islamic State and spoken about their defection. I discovered a total of 58 — a sizable number but probably only a fraction of those who are disillusioned or ready to leave.