posted at 06:50
Author: The Associated Press
Islamic State group kills 50 in Iraq, including children
BAGHDAD - Islamic State group extremists lined up and shot dead at least 50 Iraqi tribesmen, women and children Sunday, officials said, the latest mass slaying by militants who have killed some 150 members of the tribe in recent days. The killings, all committed in public, target the Sunni Al Bu Nimr tribe that the Islamic State group now apparently views as a threat, though previously some Sunnis backed the expansion of the group and other militants into the volatile province in December. Sunday's attack on the Sunni tribe took place in the village of Ras al-Maa, north of Ramadi, the provincial capital. The attack Sunday against Al Bu Nimr tribe comes after militants killed another 50 members of its members late Friday and 48 on Thursday, according to various officials. Officials with the Iraqi government, as well as officials with the U.S.-led coalition targeting the extremists, repeatedly have said that Iraqi tribes are key elements in the fight against the extremists since they are able to penetrate areas inaccessible to airstrikes and ground forces. Since ISIS' major offensive in Iraq, a number of the country's Sunni tribes have been fundamental in stalling its advance, taking up arms, and fighting alongside Iraqi security forces. Ramadi has yet to fall in part because of key Sunni tribes in the city. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and his new government have vowed to create a community-driven national guard that would empower local tribes.

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