Jihadi John reportedly ordered his ISIS prisoners to dance the tango, according to a Danish journalist. Daniel Rye said his Islamic State captor forced him to dance with him while he was being held in a Syrian prison. Rye told CNN that he was tortured after being made to waltz.
The ISIS executioner known as Jihadi John reportedly beheaded multiple hostages on camera and the videos were then posted on social media for the world to see.
“He picked me up and I had to dance the tango, John and I,” Daniel Rye, 26, said during the CNN interview. “My head was down and afraid of being beaten. He led me around the prison.”
Rye is a Danish photojournalist who was held by ISIS from May 2013 through June 2014. According to the photographer, Jihadi John turned violent about halfway through the forced tango, according to the New York Daily News.
The Islamic State executioner allegedly pushed Rye down and then kick and beat him. Before the ordeal was over, Jihadi John reportedly threatened to use pliers to cut off the photojournalist’s nose.
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Earlier this year, Jihadi John was identified as Mohammed Emwazi of London. The world first became aware of Emwazi in August of 2014 when an ISIS video shows the jihadist beheading American journalist James Foley.
“I have no doubt that Mohammed is Jihadi John,” a man claiming to be a close friend of Emwazi told the Washington Post. “He was like a brother to me… I am sure it is him.”
CAGE, a British human rights group, also maintains that Jihadi John is Emwazi. He is now one of the most wanted men in the world and has a $10 million bounty on his head. Asim Qureshi, the research director for CAGE, said that the man now identified as an ISIS executioner asked for the group’s help in 2009. According to Qureshi, Emwazi said he was being harassed by MI5, the British security agency.
Qureshi went on to state that an extremely strong resemblance exists between the man known as Jihadi John show in the beheading videos and Mohammed Emwazi. The CAGE director added that the similarity is so strong that he feels “fairly certain” both are one in the same.
Voice analysis technology was used by terrorism investigators to help determine the identity of the ISIS prison guard. Interviews with former Islamic State hostages were also employed to help figure out the true identity of Jihadi John. FBI Director James Comey said the identity of the masked ISIS execution was “known to authorities.”
After the Foley execution video went viral, more ISIS recordings were released online featuring the same man. The videos showed the beheadings of a total of five hostages, including American captives Peter Kassig, 26, and Steven Sotloff, 31.
Jihadi John has not been shown in an ISIS beheading video since January. His current whereabouts remain unknown. Daniel Rye was released from the Syrian prison only after his family sent his captors a substantial ransom.
The ISIS tango dance demand has been described by some hostage experts as showing a sinister or Clockwork Orange sense of humor when it comes to torture tactics.
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 16, 2015
“It’s just another addition to the sick and twisted annals of the way ISIS treats human beings,” ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror co-author Michael Weiss said. “The guys who run this organization, a lot of these guys who control their hostages, they’re sadists.”
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