From a New York Times report:
Wielding the threat of sectarian slaughter, Sunni Islamist militants claimed on Sunday that they had massacred hundreds of captive Shiite members of Iraq’s security forces, posting grisly pictures of a mass execution in Tikrit as evidence and warning of more killing to come.
It’s no surprise that Mr. Obama didn’t see this coming but what about his advisors? Or did the president ignore the warnings?
The president was playing golf in California and unavailable to comment on the Iraqi crisis while the country is being apparently being taken over by militants in the vacuum left after American troops were summarily removed without creating and implementing a status of forces agreement.
From the NYT report:
Even as anecdotal reports of extrajudicial killings around the country seemed to bear out the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria’s intent to kill Shiites wherever it could, Iraqi officials and some human rights groups cautioned that the militants’ claim to have killed 1,700 soldiers in Tikrit could not be immediately verified.
But with their claim, the Sunni militants were reveling in an atrocity that if confirmed would be the worst yet in the conflicts that roil the region, outstripping even the poison gas attack near Damascus, Syria last year.
Full report here.