ISIS Executioner Who Threw Gay Men Off Roofs Is Arrested

Abu Omer

A man purported to be an Iraqi security forces officer poses with a man believed to be ISIS executioner Abu Omer after the latter's capture in Mosul last week. Hisham al-Hishami, an adviser to Middle Eastern governments and the Iraqi government on ISIS matters, confirmed the validity of the reports to Newsweek. These "death to gays" videos are released on social media and often reported on by worldwide media.

Omer has appeared in videos where individuals have been beheaded and stoned to death, some for the "crime", under Sharia Law, of homosexual acts.

Abu Omer has been seen in at least one video, speaking to crowds on a loudspeaker as three men accused of homosexuality and blasphemy kneel before an executioner's rusty blade.

Other snaps seem to show him inspecting a pile of rocks ahead of a brutal public stoning.

The man believed to be Abu Omer, a white-bearded ISIS jihadi, speaks alongside two masked militants in one of the group's propaganda videos.

It is unclear how many Iraqis have been slaughtered by ISIS, which swept across the country in the summer of 2014 before gradually being pushed back by government forces supported by a USA -led coalition.

Thousands of LGBTQ people have been living in fear in countries like Iraq and Syria due to the presence of the homophobic and anti-LGBTQ group ISIS. Many were filmed in Mosul, where ISIS seized power in 2014. Omer was reportedly discovered following a tip from local civilians, who gave up his hiding spot to Iraqi security forces.

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