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Unearthing Hope: The Search for the Missing Victims of ISIS

Unearthing Hope: The Search for the Missing Victims of ISIS

In this report, for the first time, SJAC exposes the vast web of detention facilities that were central to ISIS disappearances.

Different wings of the ISIS security apparatus systematically used this network of more than 150 police stations, training camps, and secret security prisons to detain kidnapped civilians and members of rival armed groups, in some cases before issuing death sentences or summarily executing them. In this report, SJAC analyzes the nature of ISIS arrests, prisoner transfers, and the profile of detainees and perpetrators. The report also shows how this information is enabling forensic investigations in Northeast Syria into the fate and whereabouts of those kidnapped by ISIS.