The Islamic State militants have released propaganda material featuring dozens from the "fierce" Albu Nimr tribe "repenting" and swearing loyalty to the ISIS caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The Sunni Albu Nimr tribesmen from Iraq are known for their role in assisting the US in fighting al-Qaeda back in 2005 to 2006. The Iraqi Sunni tribe also had opposed the ISIS.
Throughout 2014 Albu Nimr fought off ISIS advance around the Anbar areas. Unlike other Sunni tribes that quickly joined the ranks with the Islamic State, until recently the group had strongly opposed the ISIS advances.
The photo report that surfaced online on social media accounts affiliated to the group shows dozens - who ISIS claims are from the Albu Nimr tribe - "repenting" and swearing loyalty to the Islamic State and its leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.
The photo shows men, mostly young and of military age, participating in the 'repentance' meeting with the ISIS leaders. A few elderly and young children can also be seen in the images.
If the ISIS claims indeed prove to be true, then the Iraqi forces, US-led collison and all those opposing the Islamic State militants have lost a "strong" ally.
The atrocities being directed against the Albu Nimr tribe came to light in October. A report in AINA noted that the Albu Nimr tribe has been savaged in part because it supported what became the US-led Awakening Movement in Anbar province.
It is reported that by the end of October, ISIS had gained a stronghold in Anbar and had massacred hundreds from the tribe. But the exact extent of the 'unmitigated tragedy' was reaveled only in November, after reports found that over 500 members of the Albu Nimr were massacared by the militants.
A report in Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, citing an informed source, said that the mass killings were nothing but a "genocide" meant for wiping all resistance out of the Albu Nimr tribe.