A Syrian colonel, who witnessed acts of violence committed by the Syrian Assad regime forces has said that the actual torture and cruelty were far beyond what is indicated in the recently leaked photographs.
"I escaped the regime and took shelter in Turkey, warned that the torture and killings would continue as long as Assad stayed in power," he said.
The colonel claimed that he served a one-and-a-half year sentence in Syrian jails just because he was caught performing prayer in Sunni way.
"I left the regime and joined the opposition because I could not stand torture and insults of the regime anymore," the colonel said.
Indicating that torture and violence were prevalent even before the civil war broke out in the country, the colonel said, "After the civil war, the intensity of the atrocities run rampant."
"Everyone who was detained or considered to be a supporter of the opposition was subject to unbearable torture," he said.
The colonel accused the regime officials of extinguishing their cigarettes on the detainees' bodies and beating them, "I witnessed torture and murder beyond words," he added.
In a special interview with AA, the former Syrian Air Forces colonel commented on the set of photographs published on Monday in a joint exclusive by Anadolu Agency, CNN and Britain's Guardian newspaper, showing the killing of nearly 11,000 Syrian detainees.
More than 100,000 people have been killed in three years of conflict which also internally displaced more than 6.5 million people. Over two million are now registered as refugees in neighboring countries, Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq.
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