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October 28th, 2014
05:27 PM ET

'They would torture you': ISIS prisoners reveal life inside terror group

Jazir Cantonment, Kurdish-controlled Syria (CNN) - The blindfolded prisoners are brought into the dank gray room, one by one, and begin to tell us their stories.

We're in a prison run by Kurdish militants here in northern Syria. The Kurds won't allow us to see the cells where the prisoners are being held. Their prisoners, they say, are members of ISIS.

When the first detainee sits down, I ask the guard to please remove his blindfold. He blinks in the bright light and clearly looks surprised to see a foreigner sitting in front of him.

The second prisoner who arrives trembled with fear when he was brought in. I introduce myself to each detainee as an American journalist.

"You don't have to talk if you don't feel comfortable," I add. Each man speaks, though some cast darting glances at the prison guards who watch each interview.

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