Iran has in the strongest terms condemned the recent mass execution by ISIL terrorists of scores of Iraqi people from the Albu Nimr tribe in the western province of Anbar.
“The persistence of inhumane tragedies [committed] by Takfiri terrorists against followers of religions, ethnicities and minorities in different parts of Iraq and Syria is the result of certain countries’ support for terrorist groups, and bears proof to the futility of the [so-called] anti-ISIL coalition,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Saturday.
She underlined the need for countering Takfiri terrorism at its very roots and urged the international community’s sincere and responsible assistance for Iraq in its campaign against terrorism.
Afkham expressed hope that the Iraqi nation would emerge victorious in the fight against terrorism under the leadership of the Iraqi government and through national unity and cohesion.
On Thursday, the bodies of 150 members of the Albu Nimr tribe were found in a mass grave near Iraq’s western city of Ramadi with security officials saying that the terrorists seized the men on Wednesday night and then killed and buried them in an area near the city of Ramadi.
In a separate incident, sources said they found 70 bodies from the same tribe near the town of Hit in the province. Locals said the tribesmen were slain last week in an area controlled by ISIL north of the town.
Anbar Province, which borders war-ravaged Syria, has been a major stronghold of the ISIL elements and continues to be largely controlled by the terror group.
The ISIL terrorists have taken over large swathes of territory in Iraq. They have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations and crucifixions, against Iraqi communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, and others.