The Nation’s Lydia Wilson interviews ISIS fighters

Since the Coalition Forces invasion over 10 years ago many of Iraq’s Sunnis have felt marginalized and threatened. The emergence of ISIS reflects, in this sense, a rekindling of the civil war that raged from 2005-2007.

From the article:

This is not radicalization to the ISIS way of life, but the promise of a way out of their insecure and undignified lives; the promise of living in pride as Iraqi Sunni Arabs, which is not just a religious identity but cultural, tribal, and land-based, too.”

 

What I Discovered From Interviewing Imprisoned ISIS Fighters

No sooner am I settled in an interviewing room in the police station of Kirkuk, Iraq, than the first prisoner I am there to see is brought in, flanked by two policemen and in handcuffs. I awkwardly rise, unsure of the etiquette involved in interviewing an ISIS fighter who is facing the death penalty.