World Bulletin / News Desk
The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has executed 20 soldiers in Fallujah in Iraq's western Anbar province, a local tribal source said Monday.
"The soldiers were executed after being held hostage following an attack by tribesmen on an Iraqi army garrison," the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Anadolu Agency.
Tribesmen, he said, had attacked an army garrison in southern Fallujah, triggering a five-hour confrontation with army personnel. Tribesmen managed to capture 20 soldiers, torch three military vehicles and establish control over the garrison.
He noted that two tribesmen had been killed and a third seriously wounded in the confrontation.
"The tribesmen took the soldiers to Fallujah, where the ISIL took them and executed them last Saturday – less than 24 hours after receiving them," the tribesman said.
It was the second time that the ISIL executed Iraqi soldiers. The group executed four other soldiers two weeks ago after capturing them in eastern Ramadi.
Anadolu Agency could not obtain an immediate comment from the Iraqi army regarding the fresh spate of reported executions.
The Iraqi army has been waging a major military operation in the restive Anbar province since last December with the stated aim of flushing out Al-Qaeda-allied fighters.
Hundreds have been killed and injured since violence broke out in Anbar's two key cities of Ramadi and Fallujah, according to government estimates.
Tens of thousands have also reportedly been displaced due to the violence.
Many local Sunni tribes opposed to Iraq's Shiite-dominated government continue to voice anger over the army operation's mounting civilian death toll.
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The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) group also executed two of its Jordanian members accused of stealing spoils, Jordan-based sources with the group said on Monday.
"The ISIL executed Mohamed al-Hayar and Ashraf Orebeiat after accusing the latter of stealing weapons, cars and equipment that the group managed to snatch during clashes with regime forces," one source told Anadolu Agency, without giving a date for the executions.
The ISIL had earlier announced the death of the two Jordanians in combat against Syrian regime forces, but the sources dismissed these claims.
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According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, around 140,000 people have been killed since the beginning of the conflict in March 2011.
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