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The largest city in Iraq, Mosul fell to ISIS in June 2014. Everyone was affected, but the gay people in the so-called Islamic State were targeted in particular.
It took nine months of effort from the Iraqi military forces to penetrate the area and take the city back. But in those 3 years, ISIS executed a lot of people from LGBTI community by blindfolding them and throwing them off rooftops, as well as stoning them.
Recently, Iraq has demolished a building which was used by ISIS to throw gay men to their deaths.
The National Insurance Company building in Mosul was once a celebrated icon of Iraqi architecture but was put to sinister use by the ISIS.
ISIS is responsible for the deaths of dozens they accused of being gay, committing adultery, or for other so-called “morality crimes.” In addition to throwing people to their deaths, ISIS has also stoned their victims, as well as committed execution by shooting.
“In the Islamic State, gays are being tracked and killed all the time,” Subhi Nahas, a victim who fled ISIS, testified before the United Nations in 2015. “At the executions, hundreds of townspeople, including children, cheered jubilantly as if they are at a wedding.”
A victim’s tale
In Iraq, even armed military doesn’t leave a chance to discriminate LGBT people.
Saadaldean, a gay individual said that during 2016, one army personnel asked him to be in a relationship with him. But after a point of time, Saadaldean realized that he was just using him for the sex. He said, “he forced me to have sex many times.”
Saadaldean wanted to leave him but he threatened to jail him if he did. After a while, he himself left.
In 2017, armed forced detained Saadaldean without any prior notice or warning. The soldiers tortured him in the custody by making him sit on the Pepsi bottle, beating, lashes etc. They made false accusations of him being connected to ISIS. They made him forcibly admit things he didn’t do.
Eventually, they left him after 3 days because of lack of evidence but he said that what he went through in those 3 days will always haunt him.
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