Iraqi Master Sergeant Karam Saad, in an interview with the Independent Journal, discussed how he was taken prisoner in 2014 by ISIS.
While in Mosul shortly after its capture, Saad was caught by ISIS forces. Matching his name to a list of Iraqi military personnel, the ISIS soldiers took him to a prison facility, where Saad was held for three days.
During his time there, Saad said, he was tortured with electric wires and bags full of water tied around his neck.
He also witnessed how ISIS treated Christians, torturing them brutally, sometimes to the point of death. Some were locked in a casket-like box which was then set on fire.
Saad escaped after three days. He said he watched carefully to understand the change in guards and noticed that sometimes the ISIS fighters would leave to transport new prisoners, while only a couple of guards remained behind.
Saad managed to turn a spoon into a makeshift knife and planned to kill a guard during such an opportunity, but the presence of an unexpected fighter with a gun prevented that. So instead he asked to be taken to the bathroom, choked his guard into unconsciousness, escaped through a window and fled by jumping from rooftop to rooftop until he was well away.
In reprisal for his escape, Saad said, ISIS went to his uncle’s house and beheaded him, his wife and their children.
The murders of his family members only fueled Saad’s desire to keep fighting, and he and his unit went on to free several areas where ISIS was keeping women as sex slaves.
“We’ve liberated hundreds of sex slaves from ISIS,” he said. “It’s the best feeling ever to save these girls. … It hurts to see them jumping to kiss your boots. They treat it like a god has saved them, not a soldier.”
Saad has no good words for the way President Obama has been fighting ISIS:
“The airstrikes are not effective and there are really no functional operations. The coalition is bullsh–! … Under the Obama administration, America is not taking this fight seriously.”
He also made it clear which of America’s two leading political parties he prefers.
“Since 1991, the Republicans have been better allies than Democrats,” Saad said. “The Democrats have a stupid strategy. I had spent a long time on the battlefield with the Republicans’ politics and we’ve had way more victories in the fight.”