#AceWorldNews – BAGHDAD – Jihadists from the Islamic State group executed Wednesday more than 40 members of a tribe that fought against them in Iraq’s Anbar province, sources said.
‘ JIHADISTS FROM ISLAMIC STATE EXECUTE MORE THAN FORTY ALBU NIMR TRIBE ‘
The men from the Albu Nimr tribe were killed in the Heet area, northwest of Baghdad, which was overrun by the militants earlier this month, a local leader and a doctor said.
A police colonel and a leader from the anti-jihadist Sahwa forces confirmed the killings.
Sources differed on the exact number of dead, with some saying as many as 48 were killed.
IS has overrun large areas of Anbar, and the killings are likely aimed at discouraging resistance from powerful local tribes, who will be key to any successful bid to retake the province.
Pro-government forces have suffered a string of setbacks in Anbar in recent weeks.
That has prompted warnings that the province, which stretches from the borders with Jordan and Saudi Arabia to the western approach to Baghdad, could fall entirely.
Images said to show the aftermath of the public execution circulated on Twitter, but their authenticity could not be independently confirmed.
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