- The Washington Times - Friday, February 17, 2017

A recent interview with a member of the Islamic State group in Iraq detailed a culture that considers mass rape “normal” and necessary for young men.

Kurdish intelligence authorities made some of their Islamic State prisoners available to Reuters Wednesday. Reporters hoping to glean better insight into the terror group spoke to Amar Hussein, 21, a man who admits raping over 200 women and killing roughly 500 civilians and security forces. The man outwardly appeared to show no remorse for his actions.

“Young men need this,” the man told Reuters after a guard removed a black hood from his head. “This is normal.”

The captive said that local Islamic State commanders gave recruits permission to engage in the sexual assaults against Iraqi minorities such as the Yazidi.

Kurdish security officials told the news outlet that evidence of the captive’s crimes exists, but not enough to verify the sheer volume of rape and killing.

“We shot whoever we needed to shoot and beheaded whoever we needed to beheaded,” the Islamic State member said. “Seven, eight, ten at a time. Thirty or 40 people. We would take them in desert and kill them. I would sit them down, put a blindfold on them and fire a bullet into their heads. It was normal.”

The man then claimed that he turned to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, partly because he had “no money” and no one spoke out about the lack of jobs in Mosul.

Large-scale operations to dislodge the terror group from Mosul began in mid-October. Iraqi forces and U.S. coalition allies are in the process of recapturing the city from the Islamic State, which has controlled the area since June 2014.

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