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Iraqi Forces Capture ISIS Leader Who Executed Homosexuals

12 January 2018

That said, United States forces in Iraq have captured an ISIS member notorious for murdering LGBTQ people.

According to en.abna24.com, Omer was arrested by Iraqi security forces in the town of Mosul. Hisham al-Hishami, an adviser to Middle Eastern governments and the Iraqi government on ISIS matters, confirmed the validity of the reports to Newsweek. Omer had also reportedly been present at the executions of other accused gay and bi men.

A recent report from the Human Rights Campaign highlighted how men alleged to have sex with men are hunted down by ISIS, targeted on social media and subjected to extreme violence.

Abu Omar was seen in a number of ISIS execution videos in which his victims were thrown off of buildings, decapitated, or stoned to death for offenses such as suspected homosexuality and desecrating Allah's name.

Another photo appears to show Omer inspecting a pile of rocks before a public stoning.

Devastation in city of Mosul after battles with ISIS
Devastation in city of Mosul after battles with ISIS

One of the ISIS executioners who most aggressively targeted gay people was captured this week. A photograph appears to confirm his capture.

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.

The terrorist had remained in Mosul, hiding out in a safe house to evade detection.

Local Iraqi news agency AhlulBayt said that Omer was eventually given up by Mosul locals, who alerted Iraqi security forces to his location as they bid to move past the memories of three years of ISIS rule.

Iraqi Forces Capture ISIS Leader Who Executed Homosexuals