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Iraqi Forces Capture ISIS Executioner Who Hurled Gay Men From Buildings

Iraqi Forces Capture ISIS Executioner Who Hurled Gay Men From Buildings

After receiving a tip from locals, Iraqi security forces captured Abu Omer, known as "White Beard" due to his facial hair, on January 1.

Abu Omer, a senior jihadi executioner known as "White Beard", had ruled the city of Mosul with an iron fist until the city was retaken by security forces past year.

Hishimi advises Middle Eastern governments and the Iraqi government on ISIS matters.

Pictures in local media confirmed the arrest of a man who appears to be Omer. These "death to gays" videos are released on social media and often reported on by worldwide media.

Abu Omer was a prominent presence in several sick videos of ISIS executions, in which homosexuals were thrown off buildings and others beheaded and stoned to death for minor offenses such as blasphemy.

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ISIS has for more than three years used propaganda videos to instill fear into its opponents and to rally disaffected Muslims to its cause.

The Islamic State has taken credit for murdering dozens of men accused of homosexuality in Iraq and Syria. A photograph appears to confirm his capture.

One of the ISIS executioners who most aggressively targeted gay people was captured this week.

In December, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced ISIS had been driven out of Iraq, though remnants of the group are still hiding out in the country.

Mosul was liberated from ISIS's control in July. Civilians living in the city reportedly told security forces about the location of his hideout, a place he has resided in since summer.


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