From the Independent:
Jihadists have been posing as gay men in a bid to trap victims, a report has claimed, as Isis released pictures purporting to show two allegedly homosexual men being embraced by militants before they are brutally stoned to death in public.
The distressing images have been circulating across social media and accounts affiliated with the jihadist group and are the latest in a long line of shocking pictures showing men accused of homosexuality being persecuted by Isis militants.
Previous propaganda claiming to show ‘gay’ men being punished has depicted men thrown from buildings in the group’s defacto Syrian capital of Raqqa and victims publicly beheaded.
Others are stoned to death, while all killings are committed in front of crowds. However, photos of militants seemingly hugging their victims are more unusual.
Abu Mohammed Hussam, an activist with the Syrian groupRaqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), said the apparent embrace was used by militants to demonstrate that by killing the men, they are paving the way for God to forgive them for their ‘sins’. “Isis has never forgiven one person,” he said.
“They kill people and then say when God will forgive. They hug the men to show the people who are watching that Isis is not at fault.”
He said the men were aged just 24 and 29-years-old. Their purported execution took place in the countryside outside of Homs and they appeared so calm because they had been drugged before their deaths, according to Mr Hussam.
The persecution of men the group accuses of being gay has become a hallmark of Isis’ unwavering brutality.