IS Cracks Down on Iraqi Town

IS Cracks Down on Iraqi Town

Islamic State militants moved on Saturday to stamp out dissent in a remote western Iraqi town, detaining at least 70 and tying dozens of residents, including tribal leaders, to streetlight poles as a punishment, security officials said.
The crackdown followed a rare street demonstration on Saturday to protest the extremist group’s execution of a local resident, they said, AP reported.
The protest by hundreds of residents in Rutbah, in Anbar Province, was triggered by the execution earlier on Saturday of Munir al-Kobeisi, a civil servant, for killing an IS member. The killing was part of a long-running blood feud between two local clans.
Eid Amash, a spokesman for Anbar’s provincial government, confirmed al-Kobeisi’s execution and the subsequent protest.
Officials said they did not know the whereabouts of the detained residents. The militants, they said, tied two residents to each light pole and that the town was gripped by fears that the group would carry out mass executions.
Elsewhere in Anbar, much of which is under IS control, a roadside bomb on Saturday hit a border guard convoy making its way to the border crossing of Trebil on the Jordanian border, security officials said.
Five officers were killed in the attack that bore the hallmarks of IS, whose militants are active in the area near the Jordanian and Syrian borders.


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