The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) appears to set no boundaries on its cruelty towards people they deem apostates and infidels as is evidenced by a new series of photographs displaying blindfolded men thrown from the rooftop of a building because they were allegedly gay. The Sunni jihadists created their own religious police force and deployed undercover ISIS fighters — called flirt squads — to entrap “suspects” who are accused by others of being homosexuals, according to Saturday’s news reports regarding public executions.
In photos obtained from jihadist social media web sites, ISIS terrorists are seen publicly executing unidentified men for violating Sharia law against homosexuality. ISIS reportedly send out undercover men to flirt with men in an attempt to identify gay men in the cities and towns which the group now controls in both Syria and Iraq.
According to reports, the terror group’s undercover male-only squad pose as a homosexual, make contact with other men and set up a meeting. When the targeted person makes contact, he is arrested immediately and executed. The honey trap tactic was developed by special brigades of young fighters in the Hisbah religious police. Sodomy is considered a crime under Sharia law and is punishable by death, usually barbaric execution.
Hisbah is Muslim doctrine which is translated “accountability.” It is the religious duty of the ruler of a Muslim government to coerce his people into accepting his notion of right and wrong. The goal of Hisbah is to maintain Sharia, the holy laws of Allah. This doctrine is based on the Koran’s teachings of what is good and what is wrong. Some Islamic sects preach that Hisbah is the sacred duty of all Muslims, not just rulers.
Just recently in Mosul, which is a major Iraqi city now part of the ISIS caliphate, crowd of Muslims, including women and children, had be ordered to gather below one of that city’s tallest buildings. The crowd watched as the allegedly gay men were dangled head first from the rooftop and then dropped to their deaths. The photos were released by ISIS using its social-media accounts. They also wrote and released a report written in Arabic entitled, “Implementation of the Punishment of Those Who Have Committed Acts of Homosexuality.” That report was posted on the jihadist online forum Shumoukh Al-Islam, according to reports.
The terror group also recently deployed additional “flirt squads,” in an attempt to lure gay men out into the open for death by public execution. They’ve also been known to frame men and women for being homosexuals. While the men are either tossed off rooftops or hung by their necks until dead, women accused of homosexuality or adultery are stoned to death.
Flirt squad members set up dates to coax them into being arrested and executed without any physical contact between the undercover radicals and their suspects. Sometimes those arrested by the Hisbah police are fortunate to have access to cash and they are able to pay a ransom, but some of the Islamists are impatient and they are killed without delay.
“ISIS wants the Muslim world to know that it is executing gays because it displays their credentials as enforcers of Sharia law,” according to security analyst Ryan Mauro of the Clarion Project. “There is widespread anti-homosexual sentiment in the Muslim world because of the belief that Sharia requires the execution of gays. Homosexuals are often not only seen as harming themselves but as dire threats to [Islamic] society as a whole.”
“You won’t see a significant backlash to ISIS’ crimes because there is no gay-rights movement in the Muslim world and the gay rights advocates in the West are usually silent when it comes to persecution overseas,” Mauro said. “From ISIS’ perspective, they only stand to gain from executing gays and telling the world about it.”
Jim Kouri, CPP, the fifth Vice President and Public Information Officer of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, has served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. This article originally appeared in the Examiner and is reprinted by permission of the author.