An Iraqi father single-handedly attacked a group of Islamic State jihadists with an AK-47, killing seven, before losing his life in his attempt to avenge his son, killed on video by the terrorist group.
Basil Ramadan reportedly planned and staged the attack in Tikrit, best known as the hometown of Saddam Hussein. The Daily Mail reports that Ramadan, a man in his 60s, opened fire at a checkpoint in the city and managed to kill seven before he himself succumbed to gunfire.
His son, Ahmed Basil Ramadan, was one of eight men executed in an Islamic State video—which the group only released photos of—called “The Day of Judgment” or “The Day of Retribution”—released in early January. The younger Ramadan was 18 in his execution video and was part of a group believed to be Iraqi police officers who had converted to Sunni Islam and infiltrated the Islamic State.
Ramadan and his cohorts—believed to have been led by Captain Hossam Salah Bnosh, also executed in “Day of Retribution”—are introduced in the Islamic State video as having provided valuable information to the Iraqi government on the movements of jihadists on the ground. This information, in turn, was provided to the United States and coalition air support, which used it to increase the accuracy of bombings.
Coalition airstrikes have continued since then, however, with dozens of targets receiving fire from above. Since Saturday, the coalition conducted at least 26 airstrikes in Iraq and eight in Syria, according to The Guardian. The newspaper notes that American officials confirmed most of the strikes in Iraq to be near Kirkuk, while most of the strikes in Syria are near Kobani, the town the Islamic State failed to capture after months of bloodshed. Since Kurdish forces established that Kobani, near the Turkish border, was now fully liberated from the presence of the Islamic State, the Kurds have taken to slowly freeing the towns around Kobani of ISIS jihadists who had fled the area.