Iraqi security forces have captured Abu Omer, a notorious ISIS executioner known for stoning people and throwing gay men from buildings.
Abu Omer, dubbed White Beard in the Western press because of his distinct facial hair, was captured in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul last week, Hisham al-Hishimi, told Newsweek.
A white-bearded ISIS militant who presided over the killings of dozens of gay men and others who ran afoul of the so-called "caliphate" was captured in the Iraqi city of Mosul last week, according to reports. These "death to gays" videos are released on social media and often reported on by global media.
The Sun reports that in a 2015 video clip, three men accused of homosexuality and blasphemy are forced to their knees and publicly beheaded.
Another photo appears to show Omer inspecting a pile of rocks before a public stoning. The use of these types of videos by ISIS has increased, in an attempt to gain notoriety and rally homicidal radicals to its immoral cause.
Unfortunately, even if Omer has been found, the terrorist group ISIS is still strong and gay men are being murdered constantly in cities under their control. Many were filmed in Mosul, where ISIS seized power in 2014.
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. Omer was reportedly discovered following a tip from local civilians, who gave up his hiding spot to Iraqi security forces.
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