IS executes 70 Sunni tribesmen in Iraq’s Anbar: UN
The Islamic State group
executed 70 members of a Sunni tribe allied to the government in western Iraq
earlier this week, a tribal leader and the United Nations said Wednesday.
The victims, members of
the Albu Nimr tribe, were executed in the Tharthar area north of Ramadi, the
capital of the western Anbar province, tribal elder Naim Gaoud told AFP.
"These people who
were executed were the fathers and brothers of members of the police, the
army... and of tribal fighters who are battling Daesh," he said, using an
Arabic acronym for IS. "Daesh executed them by shooting," he said.
Iraqi security forces,
backed by US-led coalition air strikes Sunday, launched a vast operation west
of Ramadi to tighten the noose on IS, which captured the Anbar capital in May
and controls most of the province.