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From here in the BBC newsroom, we send out correspondents to bring


you the best reports from across the globe.


In this week's programme: Defectors from Daesh.


Quentin Somerville gets exclusive access to a Syrian camp for former


so-called Islamic State jihadists and their families


TRANSLATION: They use people like human meat.


I hope I can get out soon and live my life normally.


Hello, my name is Cathy Ingram, and I'm voting for Hillary Clinton.


I am Jay Ingram and this is my son Cade, and we are voting for Trump.


With less than four weeks to go until the US election,


Rajini Vaidyanathan meets one of many families divided


Chris Buckler visits Londonderry in Northern Ireland and asks,


could there be some truth in the legend?


Do you object to being called a giant?


No, not at all, people call me what they like, and many's


They're jihadist fighters, many who have come from all over


the world, but share one thing in common.


They have defected from the so-called Islamic State.


The BBC has had exclusive access to a secret internment camp


for around 300 former IS militants and captured fighters,


including French, Dutch and Polish nationals


They are being held at the prison, operated by a rebel group that


claims it is trying to rehabilitate them, and in some cases,


then release them, and as Quentin Sommerville reports,


Where do jihadists go when their beloved Islamic State


Some are being held here, at a secret camp in northern Syria.


The men are from Europe, across the Middle East,


They are defectors and prisoners of war, so few want


In retreat, many have brought their families with them.


He joined the so-called Islamic State from Holland.


Now a captive, he renounces the group.


TRANSLATION: They use people like human meat.


You give your life to them, so they are going to start to take


I know I will get into trouble, but this is what I choose,


I hope I can get out soon and live my life normally.


These are Egyptians, Tunisians, Holland...


The camp is run by the rebel group Jaish Al Tahrir.


Its commander showed me the details of dozens of prisoners.


Some will be returned to Europe if the authorities promise to jail


them, but others will face Syrian justice.


TRANSLATION: We refer them to courts and they rule according


If they have committed murder, then they might be executed.


Some are jailed just because they still hold


The Islamic State's core is collapsing.


They are losing territory, and an increasing number of people


Joining IS was relatively easy, but leaving is difficult.


"It was hard, really hard," says this defector,


We have also learned that European intelligence agencies


are on a mission in northern Syria to find, capture


They are working alongside some rebel groups to create a kind


of underground railroad which will bring IS group supporters


For now, they are held in Syria, but these European jihadists


Quentin Sommerville, BBC News, Istanbul.


In four weeks' time, Americans will finally vote


in their presidential election, which makes the fact that


Donald Trump is waging war on his own Republican party


But it's not just the Republicans who are divided.


Many families are finding themselves at odds, some siding


with Hillary Clinton, others with Donald Trump.


Rajini Vaidyanathan has gone to meet one such


family in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, facing


In the key battleground state of Pennsylvania, the Ingram family


Hello, my name is Cathy Ingram, and I'm voting for Hillary Clinton.


I'm Jay Ingram, this is my son Cade, and we're voting for Trump.


I think she's totally crazy because she's voting for Hillary,


and she thinks I'm totally crazy because I'm voting for Trump.


And obviously one of us is right.


His questions were all attacks on Trump.


At dinner, talk of politics is unsurprisingly lively.


Jay's vote for Donald Trump is as much a vote against


Hillary Clinton, the candidate his wife Cathy is supporting.


She wants to do the best for the country, so even though


she has a little bit of a storied past, and she has some ideas that


really need to be pushed through that on the Democratic side


she hasn't been able to push through...


You believe she comes off as a good person,


She reminds me of the evil schoolmarm, the schoolteacher.


I mean, you know, she's old, she's overweight, just like...


No, he is, what, he's 230 and hits a golf ball 280, so he's fine.


A self-confessed liberal, Jay backed Bernie Sanders


in this year's primaries and voted for Barack Obama


I really believed he was going to do things.


I believed what he said, the fool that I am.


He seemed to like to just sit around and tell jokes and look pretty.


Their elder son Cade is getting ready to cast his ballot


for the first time, and he's with his dad.


I could not bring myself to vote for Hillary,


there's just too many strikes against her.


A lot of people like to make excuses for what happened, but...


She'll literally say anything to get elected.


He never threw one attack at Hillary.


The table's as split as this state, where it is looking close between


I golf every day of the week, and I meet a lot of people,


and nobody comes out and goes "I'm voting for Trump."


But they'll come up to me after I've made a putt, and say,


I just don't think the passion is out there behind anyone,


The undecided voters in Pennsylvania are key this election.


Whatever the outcome, expect sparks to fly in this house


Rajini Vaidyanathan, BBC News, Lancaster.


Ireland is rich in mythical tales about giants, and now


there is a thought that those legends may be built more


Scientists are working to identify people carrying


Researchers have found it is more commonly carried by people


in County Londonderry in Northern Ireland.


Chris Buckler has been there to find out, is there any


These stone circles are not the only link to history here in Mid Ulster.


This is a land of giants, and that's a title that comes not


That's me when I was seven, eight years old.


At his height, he stood almost six feet 11 inches tall,


and it's likely he would have grown to well over seven feet tall


if he hadn't been treated for a genetic disorder


Do you object to being called a giant?


No, not at all, people can call me what they like,


However, gigantism is a condition that can be life-threatening.


My mother passed it to me, and she never knew that.


And many people still, to this day, are passing the gene


on without knowing it, and that will continue.


DNA evidence shows Brendan is related to Charles Byrne.


Born in Mid Ulster in the 1700s, he became famous in London


-- his skeleton is still part of a museum.


Irish folklore is full of tales of giants, not least Finn McCool,


who is claimed to have built Antrim's famous Giant's Causeway.


Researchers believe in at least some of the many stories,


And with the gene still present in the population here,


they have been carrying out tests to try to identify


It is keeping 63, but you do not want to be seven food. Both -- most


giants wish they were normal. There was probably at least some


truth in the centuries of stories told about giants,


but it's likely that at their heart was a gene that caused


considerable pain and problems. That's why many want the idea


of generations of giants to be Chris Buckler, BBC News,


Mid Ulster. And that's all from us this week.


From me, Philippa Thomas, goodbye for now.


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