Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists apparently started a sickening new fad by burning a captured Jordanian pilot, a trend that was ramped up this week in al-Baghdadi in western Iraq where ISIS terrorists burned 45 people to death according to the local police chief.
Col. Qasim al-Obeidi said the victims' identities are not yet known definitively, but they are thought to include security force members, reports BBC.
He added that a compound housing the families of security personnel as well as local officials is now under ISIS siege.
The town of Al-Baghdadi had been besieged by the ruthless Muslim terrorist group for months before falling last Thursday, and was one of the last towns in Anbar province still in government hands after ISIS began its offensive in the region last January.
Al-Baghdadi is located a mere five miles (eight kilometers) from Ain al-Asad airbase, where 320 US Marines are training the Iraqi army's 7th Division.
The base was attacked by ISIS last Friday, in an assault that included suicide bombing attacks. Eventually the Iraqi soldiers were able to fight off the terrorists with US-led coalition jets providing air support.
Last Friday when the assault took place, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby tried to play down the damage, saying the capture of al-Baghdadi is the first time ISIS took over new territory in the last few months.
The burning of 45 people comes after ISIS released a gruesome video earlier in February of the burning of Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh who had been captured while flying a mission over Syria last December.
After the brutal murder, Islamist terrorists from Boko Haram in Nigeria burned at least 91 civilians to death in Cameroon, establishing the ISIS method as a sick new weapon of terror for Islamist groups.