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ISIS supporters say men were executed in Nineveh. Above: The charges are read out to a crowd

ISIS supporters say men were executed in Nineveh. Above: The charges are read out to a crowd

Iraqi pro-government forces sit on armoured personnel carrier (APC) driving near the Al-Alam village, northeast of the multi-ethnic city of Tikrit, on March 8, 2015, during a military operation to regain control of the Tikrit area from Isis. After being forced out of the province of Diyala earlier this year, the jihadists are now fighting off a huge assault on the city of Tikrit as government and allied forces continue to work their way north towards the main Isis stronghold of Mosul. AFP/Getty Images

Iraqi pro-government forces sit on armoured personnel carrier (APC) driving near the Al-Alam village, northeast of the multi-ethnic city of Tikrit, on March 8, 2015, during a military operation to regain control of the Tikrit area from Isis. After being forced out of the province of Diyala earlier this year, the jihadists are now fighting off a huge assault on the city of Tikrit as government and allied forces continue to work their way north towards the main Isis stronghold of Mosul. AFP/Getty Images

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Iraqi Shiite fighters, members of Iraq's Popular Mobilisation units backing the government, fire Howitzer Cannons towards Isis positions on March 7, 2015, on the outskirts of the Iraqi town of Ad-Dawr during a military operation to retake the Tikrit area. Iraqi forces faced tough resistance from jihadist fighters around Tikrit, but the top US military officer said ahead of a Baghdad visit that victory was only a matter of time. AFP/Getty Images

Iraqi Shiite fighters, members of Iraq's Popular Mobilisation units backing the government, fire Howitzer Cannons towards Isis positions on March 7, 2015, on the outskirts of the Iraqi town of Ad-Dawr during a military operation to retake the Tikrit area. Iraqi forces faced tough resistance from jihadist fighters around Tikrit, but the top US military officer said ahead of a Baghdad visit that victory was only a matter of time. AFP/Getty Images

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Iraqi Shiite fighters, members of Iraq's Popular Mobilisation units backing the government, cheer as they prepare a Howitzer Cannon on March 7, 2015, on the outskirts of the Iraqi town of Ad-Dawr during a military operation to retake the Tikrit area from Isis. AFP/Getty Images

Iraqi Shiite fighters, members of Iraq's Popular Mobilisation units backing the government, cheer as they prepare a Howitzer Cannon on March 7, 2015, on the outskirts of the Iraqi town of Ad-Dawr during a military operation to retake the Tikrit area from Isis. AFP/Getty Images

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Fighters from the Iraqi Imam Ali Brigade, take part in a training exercise in Iraq's central city of Najaf on March 7, 2015, ahead of joining the military operation in the city of Tikrit. Some 30,000 Iraqi security forces members and allied fighters launched an operation to retake Tikrit at the beginning of March, the largest of its kind since Isis group forces overran swathes of territory last June. AFP/Getty Images

Fighters from the Iraqi Imam Ali Brigade, take part in a training exercise in Iraq's central city of Najaf on March 7, 2015, ahead of joining the military operation in the city of Tikrit. Some 30,000 Iraqi security forces members and allied fighters launched an operation to retake Tikrit at the beginning of March, the largest of its kind since Isis group forces overran swathes of territory last June. AFP/Getty Images

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ISIS supporters say men were executed in Nineveh. Above: The charges are read out to a crowd

Isis supporters say the group has publicly beheaded three men on charges of homosexuality and blasphemy.

Pictures circulated by accounts affiliated with the group show a man kneeling on the floor behind a fighter brandishing a knife. In a third image, a man can be seen reading from what is understood to be a charge sheet.

Claims of their deaths could not be verified and pictures do not show their bodies after the execution.

Additionally, a document is being circulated by Isis supporters detailing the so-called crimes committed by the men and the punishments handed to them as stipulated in its brutal penal code.

Other punishments advocated by Isis include amputation, crucifixion and stoning.

The images are believed to have been taken in Nineveh province, in Iraq, although the specific location and date remains unknown. Isis overran parts of Nineveh, including the capital Mosul, in June last year and continues to target religious minorities living or trapped there.

Images depicting similar atrocities are regularly published by the extremist group in its defacto stronghold of Raqqa. There, militants have thrown men accused of homosexuality from buildings and stoned any to death who survive the fall. The most recent killing was committed on Tuesday in front of a huge crowd.

Disturbing images released this week saw the group hanging bodies at a checkpoint in the Iraqi district of Hawija. Some analysts said the brutal display was likely an attempt to distract from losses suffered in nearby Tikrit.

Source: Independent

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