The head of a group of tribes fighting the Islamic State in Iraq described the horrific punishment meted out by the terror group to women and children in the Anbar province who defied the group’s orders to turn their sons over to become jihadis.
“Gangs from the terrorist organization ISIS burned five women from Heet [50 km west of Ramadi] for refusing to give over their sons to the terror group,” reported Sheikh Naim el-Kaoud, who is the leader of the al-Bounmar tribes of in Anbar.
Speaking to Asharq al-Awsat (The Middle East), a large Saudi newspaper published out of London, the sheikh said he had verified information that the women were burned together with their sons in front of the residents of the Al-Jamiya neighborhood.
- Elsewhere, the Islamic State reportedly killed two women who they claimed were cooperating with Iraqi security forces in the area of al-Kaim [350 km west of Ramadi] by drowning them in the Euphrates River.
- In addition, two media activists from Raqqa were executed by the Islamic State. The activists were accused of monitoring Islamic State activities and taking pictures of the oil wells around Raqqa as well as distributing literature against sharia law. A video was released showing how the young men, believed to be in their early 20s, were tied to a tree and then shot to death.
- Activists in Syria released a video showing how the Islamic State has crucified dozens of citizens for breaking the Ramadan fast. “The roads are filled with crucified men who violated the group’s strict regulations during Ramadan. There are dozens of victims who remain hanged on electricity poles across the province,” an eyewitness told ARA News.
- Six supporters of the Islamic State were arrested by Israeli security forces in Hura, a Bedouin village. Four of the men were schoolteachers in Hura and Rahat and had promoted the Islamic State to their pupils.
- The Islamic State has retaken the strategic key Syrian city of Ain Issa that had been under Kurdish control.
President Barack Obama said yesterday that bombing raids against the Islamic State have been stepped up but emphasized that the real defeat of the terror group will have to come from the countries that the group has invaded.
Yet, a telling report by The New York Times revealed that bombing raids have been significantly restrained due to concerns damaging the image of the coalition countries if civilians are accidently killed. Even though U.S. planes are equipped with precision bombing mechanisms, this has included refraining from bombing raids on buildings known to house the Islamic State's headquarters as well as raid on the terror group's victory parades where endless lines of Islamic State jihadis in their Toyota trucks triumphantly travel in convoys.
In comparison to 2003, where coalition forces conducted 800 bombing raids on Iraq daily, there have been 15 strikes on Iraq and Syria in the current war against the Islamic State.
Obama commented that the coalition’s 5,000-plus strikes against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq would not be enough to neutralize the group, which he characterized as “opportunistic” and “nimble."
He pointed to the fact that the Iraq government had been “galvanized” by the fall of Ramadi. It has been widely reported that the U.S. had significant intelligence that the Islamic State was planning to move in on Ramadi, but provided no air support to the Iraqis to stop the onslaught, instead leaving the job to the Iraqi ground troops.
Those troops ended up abandoning their positions.
"The strong consensus is that in order for us to succeed long-term in this fight against [ISIS], we have to develop local security forces that can sustain progress. It is not enough for us to simply send in American troops to temporarily set back organizations like [ISIS], but then as soon as we leave see that void filled again by extremists," the president said.
Obama also stressed that a long-term solution must come from within the Islamic world. He emphasized that success depends on "Muslim communities, including scholars and clerics, rejecting warped interpretations of Islam and protecting their sons and daughters from recruitment."