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See Inside an Abandoned ISIS Prison in Iraq

ISIS built prison cells inside an ordinary villa in Mosul to conceal the jail among regular houses.

Members of the Iraqi Army's 9th Armored Division stand outside a compound used as a prison by ISIS militants in the July 17 district of western Mosul, Iraq on June 6, 2017. A military intelligence officer said they discovered the jail on June 5, while searching houses in the district for ISIS suspects and weapons. 

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An Iraqi soldier stands inside the prison compound. Neighbors said they sometimes heard people screaming as if being tortured, the military intelligence officer said.

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Materials for making homemade bombs sit on the floor.

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A steel gate leads to a section of the compound used as a prison for men.The compound has five cells, including one for women.

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Documents and envelopes are scattered inside an office at the compound. Like state-run detention centers, inmates had their documents and belongings taken away when they arrived to the compound.

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Prisoners' mattresses are seen inside the compound. The Iraqi military intelligence officer showing the villa to journalists said former members of the Iraqi armed forces were kept in this cell, along with Yazidis.

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The photo of an unidentified girl on a desk inside the compound.

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Damaged surveillance monitors in the control room of the prison.

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An Iraqi soldier holds a homemade bomb left behind in the prison.

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An Iraqi soldier's shadow is reflected on a wall in a room used as a cell for men.

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Iraqi soldiers inspect the cables of the jail's surveillance system. A camera hanging in one cell where men were kept was linked to the guards' office. 

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A coffee mug is left on a table.

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