Extremists from the Islamic State executed over 50 Iraqi Tribesmen, including children and women. This marks the latest of the mass slayings that led to the death of over 150 people in recent days.
All the killings were committed in public and target the Sunni Al Bu Nimr tribe. It seems that the Islamic State sees the group as being a threat, although some of the Sunnis backed the militants’ expansion and their operations in December.
At the same time, a group of separatists near Baghdad killed 19 people.
The attack against the Sunni tribe was noticed in Ras al-Maa, which is located north of province capital Ramadi. Militants killed 40 men, 6 women and 4 children after lining them up and killing them one by one publicly. 17 more were kidnapped.
50 more members of Al Bu Nimr were killed on late Friday and on Thursday, 48 were executed.
The Islamic State did overrun a large area of the Anbar province and it is pushing to expand territory across Syria and Iraq.
According to officials in the US led coalition and in the Iraqi government, the Iraqi tribes in the area are a large part of the fight against ISIS as they can easily infiltrate areas that are not accessible to ground forces and airstrikes.
The problem is that there are Sunnis in the Anbar region that support militants. There are also Sunni militants that are a part of the Islamic State group. This started with Sunnis protesting against the Baghdad government, which is Shiite-led.
Various parts of the region are hard to conquer by the Islamic State, including Ramadi. The Iraqi special forces received help from some tribes and this is slowing down ISIS.
Haider al-Abadi, Iraqi prime minister, stated that the new government will fight to create a national guard that is community-driven and that can empower the local tribes. However, some of the tribes allied themselves with ISIS.
It is estimated that in Anbar there are around 5,000 tribesmen that back the government. However, the total number of tribe members is much higher.