By Mark Ellis, Special to ASSIST News Service
IRAQ (ANS — January 13, 2016) — An Iraqi soldier who miraculously escaped from an Islamic State prison in Mosul, Iraq, recounted the terror group’s ruthless torture of Christians, including burning many to death.
“They tortured the s_____ out of the Christians and some died in the process,” Karam Saad, a sergeant in the Iraqi military, told the Independent Journal (IJ).
“They would take some and lock them in a kind of casket, and set it on fire,” he added.
Saad found himself trapped in Mosul after the city of 2 million people was overrun by ISIS in early June, 2014.
“I was keeping a low profile in Mosul, my hometown, which [Islamic State] ISIS had just captured – and still runs today,” he told IJ.
“They were killing people, taking them prisoner, they were very thorough. As I was switching from my uncle’s house to my aunt’s around 11pm at night, ISIS caught me,” he recounted.
His captors possessed a roster of people in the Iraqi military and found his name on the list. They asked if he was still loyal to Iraq, and when he said he was, they sent him to prison.
“I was taught by some of the best U.S. Marine Corps instructors in the world, so I am trained to handle very tough situations,” he noted.
However, he was unprepared by his U.S. trainers for the kind of torture employed by Islamic State. “ They would use electrical wires on my back. They would tie a bag off around my neck and fill it with water, all in attempt to get something out of me.”
“All they give you to eat is one piece of bread and one apple a day. But you’re so scared to eat it, because you don’t know if they poisoned it or not.”
After a few days of this treatment, Saad began to plot his escape.
Photo captions: 1) Islamic State fighter outside an Iraqi church. 2) Dan Wooding welcomes Mark Ellis to “Windows on the World.”
About the writer: Mark Ellis is senior correspondent for the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net), and also founder of www.GodReports.com, a website that shares stories, testimonies and videos from the church around the world. He is also the co-host for “Windows on the World” with ANS founder, Dan Wooding, on the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network (http://hsbn.tv).
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