Evidence of Islamic State Cruelty Still Remains In Syria's Tabqah City
Evidence of the Islamic State (ISIS) group's cruel and barbaric activities can still be seen sprawled across Tabqah city, around 40 km west of Raqqa city in Syria, four months after the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) retook the city.
Floor of a former ISIS "security center" in Tabqah is filled with the smell of decaying bodies.
In one corner, dense bullet holes and decaying corpses can visibly be seen, clear evidence of the terror that took place in the area.
Local militia said it took the SDF over 50 days to liberate the building from more than 50 extremists, who laid various landmines and explosives across the area.
Some explosives left by ISIS can be seen near the entrance of the basement, where the interrogation room and prison used to be located.
Some books containing extremist ideologies can also be seen near the dark cells.
In a larger prison room, names in Arabic, Russian, English and other languages are written on the walls, remnants of the former ISIS prisoners.
"This man was once a soldier guarding an airport. He was locked up here for 645 days, until Monday and then pushed down from a roof [by ISIS extremists] and killed," the militia member said, pointing at a name on the wall.
One the other side of the prison are some tunnels dug by the ISIS group.
SDF soldiers said that the ISIS group had dug tunnels and laid explosives in Raqqa and some surrounding areas, so it would be harder to retake the city.