An initial claim on Saturday of 50 members of the Albu Nimr tribe being slaughtered by ISIS is now 85, bringing the total of tribe members executed by ISIS over the past few days to more than 300. The additional 35 bodies were found in a mass grave. The killing spree by ISIS against this Iraqi tribe is part of a campaign to break local resistance and demonstrate that U.S. airstrikes are not slowing the group down. The tribes chief Sheikh Naeem al-Ga’oud said he asked Baghdad for arms, but was ignored. The Albu Nimr tribe had successfully fought ISIS for weeks, but were forced to withdraw and retreat when they ran low on ammunition, fuel, and food. While fleeing, many were caught by ISIS militants, shot, and dumped into mass graves.
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