IS 'waterboarded' Syria captives

Washington - At least four Western hostages held by the Islamic State in Syria, including murdered American journalist James Foley, were waterboarded in the early part of their captivity, The Washington Post said on Thursday.

Foley, whose recent execution at the hands of the extremists provoked revulsion, and the other kidnapped Westerners were waterboarded "several times", the newspaper said, citing people familiar with their treatment.

Sources involved in trying to free the hostages have confirmed to AFP that waterboarding was used on at least one hostage.

Waterboarding, which was used by the CIA during interrogations of suspected terrorists after the 11 September 2001 attacks, is a widely condemned form of torture that simulates drowning.

The Post quoted one person with direct knowledge of what happened to the hostages as saying the Islamists, who last week released a grisly video showing Foley's beheading, "knew exactly how it was done".

The captives, including Foley who was kidnapped in northern Syria in November 2012, were held in Raqa, the heartland of the "caliphate" IS has declared, the Post said.

It quoted a second person familiar with Foley's time in captivity as saying that the American, who contributed reports to GlobalPost, Agence France-Presse and other media outlets, was tortured, including by waterboarding.

The black-masked militant seen in the video holding Foley, 40, by the scruff of the neck, said the journalist's killing was to avenge American airstrikes against the IS in Iraq.

Shushu Tshegofatso Tshiloane 2014-08-29 08:07:44 AM
The US is justified when they do it to suspected terrorists? Huh?
Shushu Tshegofatso Tshiloane 2014-08-29 08:07:53 AM
The US is justified when they do it to suspected terrorists? Huh?
rorypreddy 2014-08-29 08:39:11 AM
Boycott ISIS. Join the bds movement
Viman Singh 2014-08-29 09:31:44 AM
Now these guys who claim to be all religoius and following the teachings of islam, cuts a guys head out for the entire world to see. How can this be a teaching of islam. Why doesnt the leaders of the islamic faith make its people understand the holy book better. Maybe its time for this holy book to be edited a little as surely something is wrong with the scriptures in this book. Its shocking to know that over 1800 years, over 225 million people died in the name of the holy Koran.
Sean Mitchell 2014-08-29 11:35:29 AM
Water boarding is wrong period, but there is no moral equivalence between water boarding to extract intelligence and water boarding for sadistic pleasure on non combatant journalists
Viman Singh 2014-08-29 09:00:33 PM
Linda...there was a documentary a few weeks back on Discovery Channel. Even if 50 000 people died over a year times 1800 years would be way more then what Discovery channel says. This year alone more then 14 000 people died due to war with muslims against others. Way back it was worse. Entire nations and regions was wiped out.
Lerato Marule 2014-08-29 09:01:21 PM
Leaned from the best goerge w bush the killer