Islamic State group targets gays with brutal public killings

 

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I: n this picture posted on a social media account affiliated with the Islamic State group, IS militants stone a man accused of violating the extremists’ ban on homosexuality after they threw him from a roof in the city of Homs, Syria. (AP)

 

REYHANLI, Turkey — Before a crowd of men on a street in the Syrian city of Palmyra, the masked Islamic State group judge read out the sentence against the two men convicted of homosexuality: They would be thrown to their deaths from the roof of the nearby Wael Hotel.

He asked one of the men if he was satisfied with the sentence. Death, the judge told him, would help cleanse him of his sin.

“I’d prefer it if you shoot me in the head,” 32-year-old Hawas Mallah replied helplessly. The second man, 21-year-old Mohammed Salameh, pleaded for a chance to repent, promising never to have sex with a man again, according to a witness among the onlookers that sunny July morning who gave The Associated Press a rare first-hand account.

“Take them and throw them off,” the judge ordered. Other masked extremists tied the men’s hands behind their backs and blindfolded them. They led them to the roof of the four-story hotel, according to the witness, who spoke in the Turkish city of Reyhanli on condition he be identified only by his first name, Omar, for fear of reprisals.

Notorious for their gruesome methods of killing, the Islamic State group reserves one of its most brutal for suspected homosexuals. Videos it has released show masked militants dangling men over the precipices of buildings by their legs to drop them head-first or tossing them over the edge. At least 36 men in Syria and Iraq have been killed by IS militants on charges of sodomy, according to the New York-based OutRight Action International, though its Middle East and North Africa coordinator, Hossein Alizadeh, said it was not possible to confirm the sexual orientation of the victims.

The fear of a horrific death among gay men under Islamic State rule is further compounded by their isolation in a deeply conservative society that largely shuns them.

Many Muslims consider homosexuality to be sinful. Gay men are haunted constantly by the possibility that someone, perhaps even a relative, will betray them to the militants — whether to curry favor with IS or simply out of hatred for their sexual orientation. Islamic State group fighters sometimes torture suspected homosexuals to reveal their friends’ names and search their laptops and mobile phones. Even among IS opponents, gays find little sympathy. Some in the public who might be shocked by other IS atrocities say killings of gays is justified. Syrian rebel factions have killed or abused gays as well.

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A 26-year-old Syrian gay man told the AP that even two years after fleeing to Turkey, he wakes up shaken by nightmares that he is about to be hurled from a building. The man spoke on condition that he be identified as Daniel Halaby, the name he now uses in his activism tracking IS atrocities, and that the city in Turkey where he lives not be named for his own safety.

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By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press

Best Advice in Surviving a Terrorist Attack

terroristatatckIf you find yourself in a terror attack similar to the ones that hit Paris last week, do not play dead. With the growing threat of a major terrorist attack, it would be wise to learn some survival strategies. Even if you live in a major city that is bombed with either a nuclear, chemical, or biological weapon, it’s possible to survive a terrorist attack.

 What to do in response to a fast-moving incident such as a firearms or weapons attack? 

The advice is based on some evidence from victims of the assault on the Bataclan music hall, the deadliest site of the Paris attacks where gunmen fired indiscriminately at the crowd. Some were able to escape after playing dead among pools of blood.

But National Counter Terrorism Security Office (Nactso) says that “if you can see the attacker, they may be able to see you.”For those unable to find a safe route out, the guidance says to find cover from gunfire by hiding behind “substantial brickwork” or “heavy reinforced walls.” The document points out that cover from view does not necessarily mean you are safe as “bullets go through glass, brick, wood, and metal.”

Instead, the document urges those who find themselves in such an attack to:

  • Escape if you can
  • See something, say something
  • Don’t under react
  • Trust your gut
  • Know your exits
  • Run, hide, fight
  • Consider the safest options.
  • Is there a safe route? RUN if not HIDE.
  • Can you get there without exposing yourself to greater danger?
  • Insist others leave with you.
  • Leave belongings behind.
  • IMPORTANT: Live your life

Paris Attack Abdelhamid Abaaoud, Killed in Paris Police Raid

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Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the mastermind behind the Paris attacks that left 129 people dead, was killed in an early morning police raid in Paris on Wednesday

Police surrounded an apartment building in St. Denis and opened fire when the terrorists inside began firing through windows. The siege lasted 7 hours with over 5,000 rounds fired. Continue reading “Paris Attack Abdelhamid Abaaoud, Killed in Paris Police Raid”

WalMart Bakes Man ISIS Cake

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Wal-Mart may have taken the Confederate Flag boycott, absolutely too far. Wal Mart has recently  apologized to a Louisiana man for baking him an ISIS cake after refusing his request for a Confederate flag cake.

Chuck Netzhammer placed an order for a cake printed with an image of the Confederate flag at his local Slidell Wal-Mart, just one week after white supremacist Dylann Roof went on a rampage at a South Carolina church, killing nine.

Netzhammer requested the words “Heritage not hate” to be printed on the Confederate flag. But Wal-Mart refused Netzhammer’s order to bake the Confederate flag cake.

The next day, Netzhammer went back and placed an order for a cake with the familiar black & white ISIS flag printed on it.

Netzhammer was shocked when Wal-Mart completed his order for the ISIS cake.

Wal-Mart’s corporate office has since apologized to Netzhammer, saying the Wal-Mart staff in Slidell “didn’t recognize the image.”

Netzhammer posted a YouTube video explaining what happened when he placed the order for the Confederate cake. He said the Wal-Mart bakery refused the order, writing “cannot do cake” on the order form.

“Alright, Wal-Mart, you’ve got some explaining to do,” said Netzhammer as he held up a full size Confederate flag in the YouTube video.

Wal-Mart spokesman Randy Hargrove told The Daily Caller that the store “made a mistake” by filling Netzhammer’s order for the ISIS cake.

“The cake in the video should not have been made and we apologize,” said Hargrove.

Hargrove told the Daily Caller “We made the decision to stop selling Confederate flag related items promoting the flag’s image. For that reason we did not make the cake. [Netzhammer] brought in the other image of ISIS and really, what happened, was our associate didn’t recognize what that image was and what it meant or it wouldn’t have been made.”

Wal-Mart pulled all merchandise bearing the Confederate flag from shelves after photos of Roof surfaced showing him displaying the Confederate flag.