ISIS burns 45 to death in war-torn Iraqi town

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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Baghdad: Islamic State (IS) militants have reportedly burned 45 people to death in the western Iraqi town of Al-Baghdadi, the local police chief says. 

Colonel Qasim al-Obeidi said the motive behind the incident was unknown but some of the victims were believed to be members of the security forces.

He said a compound that houses the families of security personnel and local officials was now under attack. 

Colonel pleaded for help from the government and the international community. 

The report could not be immediately confirmed due to the fighting and the poor communications in the area. 

IS fighters captured much of the town of Al-Baghdadi, near Ain al-Asad air base, last week.
Militants subsequently attacked the base on February 13, but the attack was repelled. US and Iraqi officials said eight militants were killed in that attack.

Some 300 U.S. military personnel have been training Iraqi troops at the base. 

Earlier this Jihadist group have posted a video purportedly showing militants burning alive a Jordanian air force pilot who was held captive when his plane crashed in Syria in December last year.
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