In the territories held by ISIS, homosexuality equals death.
This reality has been made abundantly clear in video after video released by the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). Time after time, ISIS members broadcast brutal executions of gay people to the world.
Many times the videos show men blindfolded with their hands tied behind their back being thrown from rooftops of buildings. If not killed by the fall the individual is immediately stoned to death by an angry mob.
“They are violating God’s law and doing something that is forbidden in Islam, so this is a legitimate punishment,” Hajji Mohammed, a resident of Mosul, Iraq told the Associated Press in a story published Dec. 2.
Mosul is a city in northern Iraq controlled by ISIS. Human Rights groups estimate ISIS has carried out more than 30 cruel executions for the crime of being gay. ISIS uses a story from the Koran, Islam’s holy book, about the “people of Lot” to justify these killings.
In August, the United Nations Security Council heard testimony from an Iraqi and a Syrian refugee as to the atrocities committed by the terrorist group.
Subhi Nahas, a gay Syrian refugee, said extremists groups have destroyed his native lands.
“My friends are feeling alone and terrified living in places where people who don’t fit into what others deem as ‘normal,’ are being persecuted and killed simply for who they are and what they believe,” Nahas told the U.N. Security Council.
Chad Griffin, Human Rights Campaign President, said the meeting “made clear that these human rights abuses against LGBT people are not only deeply heinous and inhumane, but also a matter of utmost importance to global security.”
To degrade and defeat ISIS, the United States is engaged in Operation Inherent Resolve. This comprehensive strategy, authorized by President Barack Obama and conducted by the U.S. Central Command, involves targeted airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.