ISIS fighters have executed another 50 members of the Albu Nimr tribe, a powerful Sunni tribe in the easternmost portion of Iraq’s western Anbar Province, bringing the overall death toll in a recent purge to at least 322.
The Albu Nimr tribe was a powerful force in the Sunni Awakening factions during the US occupation, and is one of the few Sunni tribes in Anbar to remain loyal to the Iraqi government.
The tribe resisted when ISIS pushed into eastern Anbar, particularly around the city of Hit, though over the past week they lost their remaining territory in a sustained push.
ISIS has been keen to stay on good terms with the Sunni tribals in territories they’ve taken over, but those that have resisted have been met with wholesale massacres, as the group aims to intimidate other tribes against trying to resist them.
The massacre severely reduces Albu Nimr’s remaining power, and also hurts their relations with the Iraqi government, as they insist their calls for military aid were not answered. PM Abadi insists airstrikes have been launched over the weekend in response to the killings, but this seems very much after the fact, and limited at any rate.
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