‘Can You Imagine the Pain You’ll Feel When It Cuts?’: Islamic State Prisoner Reveals the Psychological Torture of ‘Jihadi John’

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LONDON (AP) — A former hostage held in syria by Islamic state extremists for more than six months has described mock executions and other forms of psychological torture against him and other captives.

Spanish journalist Javier Espinosa wrote in The Sunday Times that militant Mohammed Emwazi played a lead role in the mock executions. Emwazi, a Londoner nicknamed “Jihadi John,” is believed to have played a central role in a series of beheading videos.

This undated image shows a frame from a video released Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, by Islamic State militants that purports to show the militant who beheaded of taxi driver Alan Henning . Mohammed Emwazi has been identified by news organizations as the masked militant more commonly known as "Jihadi John." A former hostage who had been held in Syria by Islamic State extremists has described mock executions and other forms of psychological torture. Spanish journalist Javier Espinosa wrote in the Sunday Times Sunday March 15, 2015 that militant Mohammed Emwazi played a lead role in the mock executions. Emwazi is the Londoner nicknamed Jihadi John who has played a central role in a series of beheading videos made in Syria. (AP Photo)This undated image shows a frame from a video released Oct. 3, 2014 by Islamic state militants that purports to show the militant who beheaded of taxi driver Alan Henning. Spanish journalist Javier Espinsoa, a former hostage who was held in syria by Islamic state extremists, described mock executions and other forms of psychological torture in a Sunday Times column, Sunday, March 15, 2015. (AP Photo)

Espinosa, who works for El Mundo and was on assignment for the Spanish daily when he was abducted in September 2013, characterized Emwazi as a bloodthirsty psychopath who enjoyed threatening him and other Western hostages.

He said Emwazi “caressed” his neck with a long blade and described how he would behead Espinosa: “‘Feel it? Cold, isn’t it? Can you imagine the pain you’ll feel when it cuts? Unimaginable pain,’” he quoted Emwazi as saying.

Emwazi went on to describe precisely how the beheading would occur, the former hostage said, and explained where he would place Espinosa’s head once it had been done.

Espinosa described how the militants took pleasure in telling their more than 20 hostages each day that they would be beheaded. He said Emwazi used an antique sword for the mock executions and followed up by placing a Glock pistol against his head and pulling the trigger three times.

Espinosa said he and the other hostages dubbed three English jihadis who were part of the Islamic Stage group “The Beatles” — even though the world-famous Liverpool band had four members. The nickname “Jihadi John” — which later caught on in the British press — is a reference to former Beatle John Lennon.

In this May 24, 2012 file photo, Spanish reporter Javier Espinosa poses for a photo during the ceremony of the Miguel Gil journalism awards in Barcelona, Spain. A former hostage who had been held in Syria by Islamic State extremists has described mock executions and other forms of psychological torture against him and other hostages. Spanish journalist Javier Espinosa wrote in the Sunday Times that militant Mohammed Emwazi played a lead role in the mock executions. Emwazi is the Londoner nicknamed Jihadi John who has played a central role in a series of beheading videos. (AP Photo/Joan Borras, file)In this May 24, 2012 file photo, Spanish reporter Javier Espinosa poses for a photo during the ceremony of the Miguel Gil journalism awards in Barcelona, Spain. (AP Photo/Joan Borras, file)

Espinosa was released in March 2014 after being held captive for 194 days. Most of the hostages were eventually released, but seven have died, including at least six who were killed, and one is known to still be a captive.

Marc Marginedas, a second Spanish journalist who was freed at the same as Espinosa, gave his account in the Periodico de Catalunya newspaper in Spain Sunday. He said he had explained to his captors that he wasn’t a spy and had entered syria twice before to report and had been treated well.

“‘You entered Syria twice and it worked out well for you, but now we’ll kill you,’” was the reply from his captor.

“‘And do not try to become friendly. I don’t love you. The ones I love are my brothers who have come here to fight,’” the unidentified captor said, according to Marginedas’ account.

—Courtesy of TheBlaze

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