Al-Baghdadi is the town recently captured by ISIS as they work to surround the 300+ U.S. Marines stationed at al Assad Air Force base to aid and support the central Iraqi military. This past week a probe attack was launched against U.S. military stationed at the air base. The attack was presumably launched from the staging ground in the town of Al-Baghdadi.
In another alarming development, today the BBC is reporting that ISIS militants have burned to death 45 people in this town in western Iraq. According to the report the local police chief, Col Qasim al-Obeidi, is saying members of his security forces are some of the 45 victims.
It was less than a week ago when ISIS fighters captured much of the town near the air base. Now local officials are claiming a compound within the town -said to house the families of other security personnel and local officials- is under attack. Police Chief al-Obeidi is pleading with the central Iraqi government as well as the coalition and international community for assistance.
Due to the fighting and generally poor communication throughout the area the BBC is unable to directly confirm the reports. However, if they are accurate this again reflects the severity and speed of the increasing spread of the Islamic Jihad.
Given the action over the past week it would appear that ISIS has rebounded from their defeat in Kobane -northern Syria/Turkish border- reformulated an advancing strategy to include Iraq and Libya, and is now pushing rapidly to gain more geographic area.
It was only a few days ago, in conjunction with the renewed efforts in Iraq, when ISIS released this horrific image as part of their campaign of terror:
Children, most likely captive prisoners, held in a cage while a burning torch is presented in the foreground. Meanwhile the silence from President Obama is deafening….
The President is reported to have arrived back at the White House last night following his long weekend of golf in California.