Daesh burns 45 to death in western Iraq

Published February 18th, 2015 - 05:00 GMT
The identities of the victims have not yet been released, but it is likely they were security forces. (AFP/File)
The identities of the victims have not yet been released, but it is likely they were security forces. (AFP/File)

The identities of those killed by Daesh in the town in Anbar Province have not been released, but local police chief, Col. Qasim al-Obeidi, said on Tuesday that many of the victims are believed to have been security forces.

He added that a compound housing the family members of Iraqi security forces and local officials also came under attack in al-Baghdadi.

The killings come days after Iraqi security forces retook from Daesh the center of al-Baghdadi district, located in the east of the city of Ramadi, the capital of the western al-Anbar Province.

The development came a week after most of al-Baghdadi was captured by Daesh. The town, which is located near the Ain al-Asad air base, was under siege for months.

Earlier, the Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights said terrorists had kidnapped dozens of people, executing 15 others in Anbar and Mosul.

Local authorities have warned of a humanitarian catastrophe in the towns of Tarmiya and Dujail, where Daesh has diverted the course of water, causing destruction of crops.

Earlier this month, Daesh drew worldwide condemnation after it released a video showing militants burning Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh alive.

Daesh currently controls parts of Iraq and Syria. The extremists have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations, against all Iraqi communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians.


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