12 Bodies Found NE of Baghdad Amid Reports of Rebel Infighting

Diyala Faction Unhappy Under ISIS Rule

12 bodies of Sunni militants, killed execution-style, have turned up in the town of Muqdadiya, some 50 miles northeast of the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad.

The working assumption at this point is that the 12 were killed in the course of fighting in Diyala Province between ISIS and another Sunni rebel faction called the Naqshbandi Army.

The Naqshbandi Army was supportive when ISIS first swept into the area, but is said to be bristling under their rule. The 12 slain people were believed to be fighters of this faction captured during fighting with ISIS.

This marks the first time since ISIS began spreading across Iraq that it has encountered serious local resistance to its rule. Locals say that the Naqshbandi Army enjoys a lot of support in Diyala, but ISIS is far better equipped, and its fighters are more experienced.

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