Islamic State kills around 200 people in Iraq

NOVEMBER 3, 2014

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) - also called the Islamic State (IS), has reportedly killed at least 200 people from the Albu Nimr tribe, in Iraq, which had taken up arms against the jihadist militants, police officers cited by news agencies said.

Women and children were said to be among those executed over the past 10 days in Iraq's western Anbar province which has been largely overrun by ISIL.

However, accounts varied as to the number and timings of the executions in Anbar, but all sources spoke of more than 200 people murdered in recent days.

Police Colonel Shaaban al-Obaidi told the AFP news agency that more than 200 people were killed, while Faleh al-Essawi, deputy head of Anbar provincial council, put the toll at 258.

News of the killings came as Canada conducted airstrikes on ISIL positions in Iraq for the first time on Sunday.

"Today's strike demonstrates our government's firm resolve to tackle the threat of terrorism and to stand with our allies against ISIL's atrocities against innocent women, children and men," Canadian Defence Minister Rob Nicholson said in a statement.

Canada joined the US-led anti-ISIL coalition on Thursday and conducted two days of reconnaissance before sending two CF-18s to attack jihadist positions around the city of Fallujah.