The First Look Inside A Syrian-Kurdish Prison Holding ISIS Detainees

Three accused Islamic State fighters are held as prisoners on a pickup truck near al-Shadadi, Hasaka countryside, Syria, Feb. 18, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said

Amberin Zaman, Al-Monitor: Inside the prison holding IS detainees in northeast Syria

DERIK, Syria — In a dimly lit room the men sit on rows of bunk beds, their legs crossed or extended. Some smoke or read. Others rock rhythmically to and fro, mumbling prayers under their breath. Bright pink blankets stand in stark contrast with the grim atmosphere. A pale, thin man with wire-rimmed spectacles and a wispy beard stares daggers at a reporter who is allowed to peer briefly through a grilled window built into the cell’s iron door. He’s from Dagestan and, like the rest of his fellow prisoners at the Derik Central Prison for Terrorists in northeastern Syria, he was a fighter for the Islamic State.

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WNU Editor: Not surprised to read that many of the prisoners are foreigners. It is an understatement to say that many of these inmates are very dangerous.

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