At the same time, he freely admits to having raped more than 200 women from Iraqi minorities – with seemingly little remorse.
Reporters from Reuters were given rare access to both Hussein and another militant, who were captured by Kurdish forces during an assault on the city of Kirkuk in October.
Offering a glimpse into the disturbing life of a jihadi, Hussein said his emirs and local Isis
commanders gave them a green light to rape as many Yazidi and other women as they wanted.
‘Young men need this,’ Hussein told the reporters. ‘This is normal.’
Hussein claimed he moved from house to house in several cities in Iraq, raping Yazidi women and other minorities when Isis was grabbing more and more territory from Iraqi security forces.
Kurdish security officials say they have evidence of Hussein raping and killing, but they don’t know what the scale is.
As the terror group rampaged through northern Iraq in 2014, militants raped many Yazidi women and abducted them as sex slaves. They also killed their male relatives.
SHOOTING AND BEHEADING
Hussein in his cell (Picture: Reuters)
Hussein also said he had killed around 500 people since joining Isis in 2013.
‘We shot whoever we needed to shoot and beheaded whoever we needed to behead,’ he said.
Emirs trained him to kill, which he said he found difficult at first – particularly when they brought in a person as a practice kill. But it then got easier day by day.
‘Seven, eight, 10 at a time, 30 or 40 people,’ Hussein explained. ‘We would take them in the desert and kill them.’
Eventually, he wouldn’t even hesitate before killing someone.
‘I would sit them down, put a blindfold on them and fire a bullet into their head,’ he said. ‘It was normal.’
Hussein in his windowless prison cell (Picture: Reuters)
Despite openly admitting to these horrific crimes, Hussein sees himself as a victim.
He told reporters that he came from an impoverished broken home in Mosul, Iraq.
‘I had no money, no one to say “this is wrong, this is right”, no jobs,’ he said.
‘I had friends but no one to give me advice.’
Hussein, now 21, was first drawn into Islamist militancy when he was just 14 years old.
He said he was drawn to jihad by his local mosque preacher, before joining al Qaeda, and later Isis.