Sources: ISIS kills 25 Anbar tribesmen in Iraq
Sources told Al Arabiya News Channel that 25 people from the anti-ISIS Albunimr were shot dead by
Islamist militants have shot dead 25 people from the Albunimr tribe in the Sunni-stronghold province of Anbar in Iraq, sources told Al Arabiya News Channel on Saturday.
Other security and tribal sources said militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) radical group funneled more military backup from the eastern bank of the Euphrates to the al-Sajariya area - where the Albunimr tribesmen were killed - in east Anbar.
ISIS’s military maneuvers have forced the tribal fighters to ask for more military support from the Iraqi government which they blame for an arms supply delay.
On Friday, Reuters reported that suspected ISIS gunmen fired at an Iraqi government building in Ramadi.
Mosques also broadcast appeals for reinforcements to confront the apparent attempt to take full control of the western city.
Most of Ramadi, about 90 km (55 miles) west of Baghdad, is already controlled by ISIS, which holds large swathes of northern and western Iraq.
Biden arrives in Turkey
Meanwhile, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Friday arrived in Turkey for a three day visit aimed at persuading Turkish leaders to play a bigger role in the coalition against ISIS militants.
Biden is expected to seek to soothe tensions that have emerged between the two NATO members, traditionally strong allies, over Turkey’s reluctance to play a major role in the fight against ISIS.
So far, Turkey’s sole contribution to the coalition has been allowing a contingent of Iraqi peshmerga Kurdish fighters to transit Turkish soil to fight IS militants for the Syrian border town of Kobane.
Turkey has set several conditions for playing a greater role in the coalition.
It wants a clear coordinated strategy to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, a major training and equipping program for the anti-regime Free Syrian Army and a security zone, backed by a no-fly area, to be set up in northern Syria along the Turkish border.
However US officials indicated in the run-up to the trip that while they are prepared to discuss a security zone it was not an idea that was currently on the table.
(With Reuters and AFP)
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