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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.