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ISIS militants burn dozens of Iraqis alive

On Tuesday, ISIS militants burned 45 people alive in the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi. ISIS fighters captured Al-Baghdadi last week. The attack occurred only five miles away from military base housing 320 United States Marines. BBC News reports that the victims’ identities have not been confirmed but are believed to be part of the security forces that have been fighting with ISIS for control of the city. This latest act by ISIS extremists follows a video showing the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya, creating an international outcry including Pope Francis calling the murders barbaric.

Al-Baghdadi had been besieged for months by Islamic State fighters before its fall. It had been one of the few towns to still be controlled by the Iraqi government in Anbar province, where IS and allied Sunni Arab tribesmen launched an offensive in January 2014. It remains unclear what the motive was behind ISIS’s killing of the 45 Iraqi individuals. Colonel Qasim al-Obeidi told the BBC that some may have been members of Iraq’s military. al-Obeidi also said that a building which provides housing for families of security forces is currently under attack. He asked for immediate intervention from the Iraqi government and international community, according to the report. Read more at Examiner.com

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