Under Islamic State-imposed sharia law, homosexuality is punishable by death and follow the release of similar postings where accused gay men have been pushed off the top of tall buildings and then had the bodies pelted with rocks with onlookers below.
The latest images show the men, forced to their knees as they await to be publicly beheaded by a masked sword wielding executioner at a traffic roundabout with a crowd of people looking on.
Prior to their execution, an elderly man off to the side uses a microphone to read to the crowd the men’s offenses before the executioner steps forwards with a rusty blade poised above the men’s heads.
Accompanying captions follow, telling that the trio were then beheaded – two for engaging in homosexual acts and the third for alleged blasphemy.
That said no actual images of the beheading are released.
The photos are said to allegedly come from the Nineveh province of Iraq, which became controlled by ISIS last June.
The latest act comes in a succession of equally violent actions where the Islamic group has chosen to enact brutal interpretations of Islamic law, with many of the incidents photographed and videotaped and widely released on social media, presumably in anticipation of the reaction such scenes will have on supporters and those who oppose the group.
Unconfirmed social media reports have suggested two of the men, who look to be in their late teens or early 20s, were a couple.
The beheadings have not been independently verified.