I cannot independently confirm this, but the beleaguered Iraqi gay group based in London believes that several gay men are slated for execution by the Shiite government of Iraq soon:

According to Ali Hili of Iraqi-LGBT, the Iraqi authorities plan to start executing them in batches of 20 from this week. There is, said Mr. Hili, at least one member of Iraqi-LGBT who are among those to be put to death... “We have information and reports on members of our community whom been arrested and waiting for execution for the crimes of homosexuality,” Mr Hili told UK Gay News. “Iraqi-LGBT has been banned from running activities on Iraqi soil,” he revealed.

“Raids by the Iraqi police and Ministry of Interior forces cost our group [to the extent of] disappearing and killing of 17 members working for Iraqi-LGBT since 2005. “The death penalty has been increasing at an alarming rate in Iraq since the new Iraqi regime reintroduced it in August 2004. “In 2008, at least 285 people were sentenced to death, and at least 34 executed."

I'll try to bring more solid reports if I can find them. But, yes, your tax dollars helped pay for this. And thousands of American soldiers gave their lives.

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