Islamic State rebels have reportedly burned 45 people to death today in al-Baghdadi, a town in western Iraq. The region in which the killings happened is located only five miles away from a U.S. Marine base, staffed by hundreds.
Although the identities of the victims of the brutal killings are not currently known, a local Iraqi police chief explained to a BBC reporter that some apparently belonged to a group of security forces that have been fighting ISIS fundamentalists for control of the town. ISIS insurgents were said to have seized a majority of the town last week. It has also been reported that Iraqi government officials stated houses of the families of the slain security personnel have been attempted to be captured and ransacked.
This report comes just days after ISIS fighters stated and released a video showing the brutal killings of 21 Coptic Christian Egyptians in a town in Libya. This ignited an international condemnation of the slayings, including remarks from Pope Francis, who called the beheadings a “barbaric assassination”.
By: Alex Lemieux
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