Qayyara: An Iraq city after ISIL

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A Iraqi boy A young boy points to the remnants of ISIL in his town.

The Iraqi city of Qayyara was recently liberated from ISIL by Iraqi forces. And as the terrorist organization retreated, the brutality of the group on the town it left behind was revealed. CCTV America’s Michal Bardavid gave us this report.

Qayyara: An Iraq city after ISIL

Qayyara: An Iraq city after ISIL

The Iraqi city of Qayyara was recently liberated from ISIL by Iraqi forces. As the terrorist organization retreated, the brutality of the group left behind was revealed.

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ISIL was forced out of Qayyara, but following two years of rule, not much was left behind. The town seems almost deserted– with destroyed buildings, burnt cars, crumbling satellite dishes on the streets. However – the most disturbing sight: a killed ISIL fighters’ skull on a stick, in the middle of the road.

As Iraqi forces clear the area, they find plenty of ammunition as well. Carefully all is taken to custody.

But the ultimate brutality of ISIL can be seen in their prisons. It’s not possible for an adult to standup straight, let alone walk within the cells there.

A resident of Qayyara

A resident of Qayyara describes actions of the ISIL forces when the town was occupied.

Residents of the town say many were taken and never heard of again. One Qayyara resident says no one knows where they go.

“If someone says this person is spying, or they say we have received intelligence that you want to flee. And because it’s a matter of security – they don’t accept any arguments,” he said. “You don’t know where you are going or whether you’ll come back. Your family doesn’t know where you are, no one knows where you are.”

One man, who chose not to be identified, tells us he was once a prisoner within these walls.

“They arrested me and brought me here because I was selling cigarettes. I was hit 50 times with a stick as punishment,” he said. “I stayed in this prison for 12 days.”

Those who lived under ISIL rule have many stories to tell of street executions, beatings, and rape. All known to be methods used by ISIL. Although, the citizens of Qayyara are relieved to have been freed from ISIL, the impact of being terrorized will likely last for a while longer.


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