Abu Omer, also known as “White Beard,” was captured last week in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, local media reported. Hisham al-Hishami, an adviser to Middle Eastern governments and the Iraqi government on ISIS matters, confirmed the validity of the reports to Newsweek.
Pictures on social media showed the terrorist with a man who is reportedly a member of the Iraqi forces, as well as surrounded by an unknown group of Iraqi men, Newsweek reported.
Omer has appeared in videos where individuals have been beheaded and stoned to death, some for the “crime,” under Sharia Law, of homosexual acts. The use of these types of videos by ISIS has increased, in an attempt to gain notoriety and rally homicidal radicals to its immoral cause.
While U.S.-backed Iraqi forces successfully retook Mosul in July of last year, and most ISIS officials fled, some, like Omer, have remained behind. Omer was reportedly discovered following a tip from local civilians, who gave up his hiding spot to Iraqi security forces.