JAFFA, Israel – The Islamic State terrorist organization this past Saturday reportedly executed four men, including two of its own, on suspicion of homosexuality. All four suspects were pushed to their death from the rooftop of an office building in central Mosul, the self-declared capital of IS in Iraq.
IS has controlled Mosul since June 2014, and the Iraqi army, backed by a US-led international coalition, has been planning a campaign to liberate the city.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that IS militiamen stoned a man to death on suspicion of prostitution in the town of Alharita, near the Iraqi border. The man allegedly received capital punishment because he was married.
IS has been hemorrhaging territories in Syria and Iraq, most recently the town of Minbej that was liberated last week by Kurdish forces. It was reported over the weekend that 27 mass graves were found in the town, in which hundreds of residents, including IS men, are buried.
The town was liberated at the end of a 70-day campaign, during which the Kurdish unit of the Syrian Democratic Forces engaged in battle with IS, backed by air support from the US-led international coalition.
Despite its heavy losses, IS has been able to carry out large-scale attacks, most recently a suicide bombing at a wedding in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, in which 51 revelers were killed.