A former ISIS fighter, who spent a year in Syria protecting one of the terrorist group's leaders, recently revealed some gruesome details about the Islamic State (video below).
The ex-ISIS member refused to show his face or use his real name during his interview with RT.com, which changed the sound of his voice prior to broadcast.
The ex-ISIS fighter, who now calls himself Zurab, recalled why he and others joined the infamous terror group:
We watched promo videos of women, children and elderly people crying out, "Where are you, Muslims? Why are you hiding? When Muslim blood is being spilled, you decide you want to be a pacifist?" I had feelings of guilt, compassion and responsibility. We went there not because we knew the facts, but because of our emotions.
Zurab and his friends left Russia and traveled to northern Syria via Turkey:
We bought a ticket to Istanbul where we were met by a man from Dagestan. He put us on a bus to the Syrian border. At night we crossed over. They met us and took us to a "Sharia house," where we waited to be transported to the training camp. It was in the village of Atme.
After one month, Zurab realized that ISIS was "worse than the tyranny of the government forces."
"They were extremely brutal, killing women and the elderly who did not obey them," Zurab added. "They abused and mutilated their dead bodies. They cut up the corpses, tied them to the back of the cars and dragged them along."
According to Zurab, ISIS members would immediately kill Christians without even speaking to them.
"They would find them and publicly execute them," Zurab said. "I witnessed many executions."
Zurab later became a bodyguard for Abu Omar al-Shishani, an ISIS leader who has a $5 million bounty on his head per the U.S. government.
Zurab worked for al-Shishani for months before the notorious terrorist would allow him to leave and go see his mother. ISIS loaned Zurab money for his journey, which was really his escape.
"I said I could bring stuff back with me," Zurab recalled. "Omar gave me money too, and asked me to get him some things."
However, when Zurab returned to Inigushetia, a region in Russia, he turned himself into authorities. He went on trial, was found guilty, and subsequently given a five-year suspended sentence.
Zurab insisted that he never killed civilians, but fears revenge from ISIS: "They think I'm a renegade."
The U.S. and Russia agreed to work in "closer military cooperation" to bring the Syrian conflict to an end, notes the International Business Times.
The U.S. will reportedly be involved in crafting a long-term peace agreement in Syria where government forces, anti-government rebels, ISIS and other terrorist groups have been fighting for years.
Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly called on President Barack Obama to distinguish more between Syrian moderates and the al-Nusra Front, which is considered an al Qaeda-related terrorist group by both countries. Russia has allied itself with the brutal Syrian government for years.