200 Mass Graves Containing 12,000 ISIS Victims are Discovered in Iraq

November 9, 2018



A member of Iraq's security forces holds out a skull as he and his comrade cover their noses from the stench at a mass grave uncovered in the Hamam al-Alil area in November 2016


According to the Daily Mail, more than 200 mass graves containing 12,000 bodies, including women, children and the disabled, have been found in Iraq since Islamic State's brutal three-year reign.


UN investigators verified 202 graves fill northern Iraq as a 'legacy of Isil's terror'. 

The graves date from 2014 to 2017 when ISIS ruled some of Iraq's largest cities and towns.


The Sinjar region, home to around 400,000 Yazidis was ravaged by ISIS in August 2014.


The UN estimated more than 5,000 were rounded up and slaughtered, while another 5,000 were taken as sex slaves. 


A member of the Iraqi security forces wears protective clothing as he inspects the remains of victims of the Speicher massacre in April 2015, where 1,700, mostly young recruits, were lined up and executed


Several graves found in Iraq's Salahuddin province contain the remains of victims of the 2014 Camp Speicher massacre, when the militants killed around 1,700 Iraqi security forces and army cadets.


They were buried hastily and some of them were simply thrown into the Tigris river. 

In other locations the militants dropped their victims or the corpses of their victims in wells or sinkholes instead of digging graves.


Investigators said there could be thousands of bodies in the Khasfa sinkhole south of Mosul, the largest city once under IS control.


Iraqi authorities have exhumed the remains of 1,258 victims from 28 graves, according to the UN.

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