In its jails in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State terror group uses a new method of torture to extract confession from prisoners. "The Flying Carpet" is a hinged board, to which inmates are strapped and then bent in half, breaking their backbones, a dissident group has revealed.
Terrorists from Islamic State, a Sunni group also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh, strap their prisoners to the board with hinges in the middle and bring the ends together, bending the spine of the hostage, a covert dissident group, "Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently," has said, according to the U.K.'s Express newspaper.
ISIS uses another method of torture called "Shabeh," which means "Ghost." It involves a prisoner being hung by his hands above the floor for days to dislocate her or his joints and to possibly damage the brachial plexus, the nerves that control arm and hand moment, causing permanent disability.
ISIS also torments inmates psychologically, according to Daily Mail.
Abu Alnour, a prisoner who was recently freed after paying a huge ransom, was quoted as saying, "I do not want to talk about the beating, the electric shocks and the daily insults, I would rather talk about the young Abdullah who went crazy inside the prison. He was accused of being a former FSA fighter, and he had the biggest share of torture within our group, which consisted of 13 prisoners in a less than eight-square-metre-sized cell. One night we woke up and his voice was screaming. We later knew that some ISIS members entered into the room and put a severed head next to him and woke him up and when he saw the head he lost his mind."
In June, after Iraqi special forces recaptured the city of Fallujah from ISIS, they discovered a makeshift prison where the group used some other torture devices to interrogate and punish its captives.
The Iraqi forces released pictures that suggested that ISIS held some of the captives in a filthy dog cage and administered shocks by attaching the battery's metal clips to their genitalia.
ISIS, an offshoot of al-Qaeda and which wants to establish a caliphate in the Levant region and beyond, has 18,000 to 22,000 fighters in Syria and Iraq despite some 13,000 airstrikes by the international coalition led by the United States, according to CIA director John Brennan.
While the terror group has lost territory in recent months, its terror activities carry on in Iraq and Syria as well as in other countries. Christians and other minorities are among its main targets.
In its English propaganda publication, ISIS last year sought to justify its barbarity, saying it is "Islamic" to capture and forcibly make "infidel" women sexual slaves.
"Before Shaytan [Satan] reveals his doubts to the weak-minded and weak hearted, one should remember that enslaving the families of the kuffar [infidels] and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Shari'ah that if one were to deny or mock, he would be denying or mocking the verses of the Qur'an and the narration of the Prophet … and thereby apostatizing from Islam," stated the IS' propaganda magazine "Dabiq."