An ISIS executioner captured by Iraqi security forces tortured and executed gay men, according to reports.
Abu Omer, known under his alias White Beard, was caught on camera appearing to stone civilians to death under the militant group’s rule in Mosul, Iraq.
The AhlulBayt News Agency reports residents revealed his hiding place to Iraqi security forces, and he was swiftly arrested.
Experts have told GSN it is possible Omer is responsible for overseeing ‘countless’ deaths of gay men in Iraq.
In images, three men were shown being forced to their knees and pubicly beheaded by a sword-wielding jihadi.
Photographs show a man, reportedly Omer, using a microphone to read the blindfolded men’s charges to the crowd.
Omer was reportedly a leader in the extremist group, terrifying residents by the common executions.
According to sources in the Middle East, he could have been present at one killing or several.
Due to records not being taken, it is likely we will only know the true horrors of ISIS when they are fully disbanded.
ISIS referred to gay people as the ‘worst of creatures’
Dozens of images of gay men being murdered in Iraq and Syria have been leaked on social media, published on ISIS channels, or sent to Arabic-speaking journalists.
ISIS members have previously referred to gay people as the ‘worst of creatures’.
The executions typically follow a pattern. It is believed the extremists often drug the victim. They will then blindfold them, cuff their hands behind their backs, and lead them to the top of a high building.
A mob will be awaiting the execution. The killers will announce the man was found guilty of homosexuality. They will then hurl him off the edge.
If he survives the fall, a crowd gathered will stone the man to death.
ISIS still maintains a presence in hideouts in Iraq
While ISIS is said to have been defeated in Iraq, the terrorist group still maintains a presence in some locations.
During 2017, Major General Felix Gedney said more than 23,000 square miles have been liberated from ISIS across Syria and Iraq, as well as 4.5 million people from under their oppressive rule.
In early December, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi formally announced ISIS had been driven out of Iraq.