ISIS is one of the most feared militant groups in the world. Having exponentially grown in followership and military strength in the past year, ISIS has forced innocent civilians in various nations to live under subjugation. Delving a bit into its history, its roots can be traced back to a prison in Iraq known as Camp Bucca, which was at one time famed to be the biggest and cruellest US prison in the country.
However, as the insurgency grew, so did the number of prisoners, turning it into a center for highly radicalised insurgents. According to CBS News, 12 of Isis’s top brass leaders were at one point imprisoned there.
Isis chief, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, is said to have served 10 months in Bucca and, while there, he was able to interact with some of Islam’s most radical extremist leaders, who could later prove to be instrumental in the formation of the group.
According to Patrick Skinner, a former CIA officer, the prison was a major element in ISIS’ creation. The following is the statement he gave to CBS concerning the role Bucca played.
“I think it’s undeniable that one of the main causes of ISIS’s explosive growth after 2010 was Bucca. It’s where they met, it’s where they planned… Everybody could see what was happening but nobody could do anything about it “
As such, the prison was viewed to be a time bomb just waiting to happen.
This was barely three years ago. Today, ISIS controls vast areas of Syria and Iraq, and deploys recruiters in the west who have so far lured thousands of voluntary fighters in their ranks. It is currently estimated that there are about 4,000 European fighters fighting for ISIS. This is as reported by IB Times.
Unfortunately, as ISIS conquers more territory, its militants also take captives as sex slaves. In consequence, some of them were recently found to have contracted the HIV virus. Numbering 16, they tested positive after a medical check-up in Mayadeen city, Syria. This is according to the Mirror, which reports that they are currently being held in quarantine.
However, the ISIS leadership is looking to turn the soldiers into suicide bombers following the revelation. This is according to a human rights activist who spoke to ARA News, a Kurdish media network. The following was his statement as to how the Isis soldiers got infected
“Most of those infected are foreign militants who had sexual intercourses with two Moroccan women. The women passed on the disease to the militants before their infection was revealed.”
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