Islamic State group extremists lined up and publicly shot dead at least 40 Iraqi tribesmen, six women, and four children today, officials said, the latest mass slaying by militants who have killed some 150 members of the tribe in recent days. The killings target the Sunni Al Bu Nimr tribe that the Islamic State group now apparently views as a threat. Today's attack on the Sunni tribe took place in the village of Ras al-Maa, north of Ramadi, the provincial capital. The militants also kidnapped another 17 people, a senior tribesman said. An official with the Anbar governor's office corroborated the tribesman's account. The attack against Al Bu Nimr tribe comes after militants killed another 50 members of its members late Friday and 48 on Thursday, according to various officials.
The militant Islamist group has overrun a large part of Anbar province in its push to expand its territory across Iraq and Syria. Officials with the Iraqi government, as well as officials with the US-led coalition targeting the extremists, repeatedly have said that Iraqi tribes are key elements in the fight against the Islamic State since they are able to penetrate areas inaccessible to airstrikes and ground forces. Since the Islamic State group's major offensive in Iraq, a number of Iraq's Sunni tribes have been fundamental in stalling its advance. Ramadi has yet to fall in part because key Sunni tribes in the city. The Jughaifi and al-Bunimer tribes have helped Iraqi special forces protect the Haditha Dam in Anbar. In the battleground town of Dhuluiyah, the al-Jabbouri tribe has been the sole resistance to an Islamic State militant takeover. (Read more Islamic State stories.)