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FCO Minister: Reports that ISIL have murdered 70 Sunni tribesmen in Anbar, Iraq

The UN have confirmed reports that ISIL has killed 70 members of the Al bu Nimr tribe in Anbar, Iraq.

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Minister for the Middle East, Tobias Ellwood said:

I am deeply concerned and shocked by reports that ISIL has killed 70 members of the Al Bu Nimr tribe in Anbar province, Iraq.

We have been clear, defeating ISIL will take time and patience but it is a fight we must win. They falsely use the name of Islam to commit atrocities and have once again slaughtered Sunnis, those they claim to be defending.

Over the last year the Global Coalition has launched almost 8,000 strikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria and have taken back 30% of territory ISIL once controlled in Iraq. United, we continue to work to defeat ISIL on all fronts: not just militarily, but cutting off their finance, reducing the influx of fighters, challenging the ideology and providing humanitarian assistance to those in need.

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Published 6 October 2015