Islamic State militants massacred Sunnis in Iraq’s western Anbar province, including dozens of women and children. At least 322 members of the Iraqi tribe died in the bloodshed with some bodies dumped in a well, according to the government.
Iraqi forces retaliated with airstrikes against ISIL targets in Anbar province. The Islamic militants are also destroying tombs, mosques and churches as they seize large areas of northwest Iraq and neighboring Syria, prompting the head of UNESCO to call on the international community to work together to preserve Iraqi cultural heritage.
For more on the fight against ISIL, CCTV America spoke with Raymond Tanter, who has professional and academic expertise on policy in the region. He is a former senior staff member of the White House National Security Council and is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan.