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My year of hell as Jihadi John’s hostage

  • Daniel Rye, 26, was captured in Syria by IS and tortured for 13 months
  • He was held by Brits including ‘Jihadi John’ Mohammed Emwazi
  • His family raised £1.5million through a public appeal to secure his release
  • The Danish photographer has revealed terrifying experiences in captivity 

Daniel Rye, 26, was on the trail of missing journalist James Foley when, in 2013, he was seized in Syria.

For 13 months he was beaten and tortured by British-born IS thugs. With him were hostages John Cantlie, Alan Henning and Foley himself. 

Rye survived, and what follows is his account, the most intimately detailed ever from inside an ISIS jail, described in terrifying but utterly compelling terms. 


Do you know what you’re going to do?’ asked the Beatle ‘George’ from the driver’s seat.

Daniel, who was blindfolded, and the four other hostages stayed silent. ‘You’re going to watch someone be executed,’ he said.

The condemned man was a North African spy who worked for the West, hence his death sentence by an IS court.

George – a Brit – began playing music, an IS Islamic hymn, and he chanted along as they drove out into the desert.

The vehicle stopped, a door opened and a hand gripped Daniel’s arm. George pushed the blindfold down



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