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177 days of dying and coming back to life in a rebel prison for an American veteran

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Haisam Farran.

On March 19, when Haisam Farran flew to Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, he immediately realized he was being watched more closely than usual, but Farran did not consider those probing eyes a threat, according to the Washington Post.

Sanaa now fell into the hands of Houthi rebels.

Six days later, Saudi Arabia launched an airstrike to dislodge rebels from the Yemeni capital.

The Saudi campaign, supported by US means and intelligence, suddenly turned US citizens in Sanaa into prime suspects.

`Every day for us is like dying again. Normal people wake up and prepare for a new day. But there, we wake up and wish we died again,` Farran shared in

Farran’s story reveals rarely revealed secrets about the security apparatus of the Houthi rebels, who are in control of the Yemeni capital and show no signs of being pushed back.

Days of hell

On the night of March 27, a group of men carrying American-made M-4 rifles and wearing balaclavas broke into Farran and Darden’s residence.

They searched the house, confiscated Farran and Darden’s phones and computers, and took the $5,000 Farran had in his wallet.

`Don’t ask anything,` a gunman ordered.

30 minutes later, Farran was taken to an interrogation room.

`Why did you come to Yemen?` he asked.

Farran explained his work but the rebel did not believe him.

Farran denied it.

“Liar,” the interrogator shouted.

Farran was dragged to a dark cell.

Every day he is fed three meals, mainly stews.

Three days later, Farran was blindfolded again and taken to a closed room.

The painful days of torture continued for weeks until one day, his cellmate showed Farran how to fake a heart attack to avoid the beatings.

Return date

The guards transferred Farran to a new cell, where his cellmates were al-Qaeda fighters.

But unlike what Farran thought, his roommate never threatened him.

One day, al-Qaeda gunmen said there were rumors that this terrorist organization would carry out a prison robbery and asked him if he wanted to go with them.

`I don’t have any other choice?` he said.

When he wasn’t talking to al-Qaeda members, Farran ran around his cramped cell until his knees gave out.

Although he was no longer physically abused, Farran’s interrogations continued.

`No one asked about you,` the interrogator said.

In fact, the newly established Hostage Rescue Coordination Unit of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) also found many ways to rescue Farran.

Dozens of interrogations continued, but with his steadfastness, Farran made the Houthis stop accusing him of being a spy.

`In the end, they gave up,` he said.

`I plopped down on the ground,` Farran said.

Exactly on September 20, wearing new shoes and clothes, Farran and Darden were brought back to their homeland.

177 days of dying and coming back to life in a rebel prison for an American veteran

Farran stands in front of his house in Dearborn, Michigan, USA.

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