Why do ISIS hostages appear so calm before beheading?
Speaking exclusively to Sky News, “Saleh” said he was employed by a Turkish man in the group to reassure hostages their lives were not in danger, when in fact he knew they would be killed.
Saleh said the execution rehearsals took place so that when the moment of death finally came the hostages were not expecting to be killed and were relaxed to appeal for their release on camera.
Saleh worked as a translator before he was employed by ISIS. He fled across the border to Turkey to escape the group and claims to have looked after a hostage with an English accent.
“He would say to me ‘say to them, no problem, only video, we don’t kill you, we want from your government [to] stop attacking Syria. We don’t have any problem with you; you are only our visitors’.
“So they don’t worry. Always I say to them ‘don’t worry, doesn’t matter, nothing dangerous for you’. But at the end I was sure [they would die].
“Maybe they [the captors] raise their voice, but without hitting. All the time he say to him ‘it’s a rehearsal, don’t [be] afraid’.
“I will explain. He want, when he will kill you really… [it] don’t enter his [hostage’s] head. Exactly, of course, you [hostages] should say this message: ‘I’m living in ISIS and will stay and continue’.”