Ex­perts probe IS mass grave at Ha­mam al-Alil

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Mo­sul: Iraqi foren­sic ex­perts are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a mass grave that was dis­cov­ered by troops ad­vanc­ing to­wards the Is­lamic State-held city of Mo­sul. The Iraqi mil­i­tary has said the grave, in the grounds of an agri­cul­tural col­lege in the town of Ha­mam alAlil, con­tains about 100 de­cap­i­tated bod­ies. Most have been re­duced to skele­tons, so it is un­clear who the vic­tims were. IS mil­i­tants have car­ried out many mass killings and have been ac­cused of fresh atroc­i­ties in the area in re­cent weeks.

They are be­ing forced to re­treat to Mo­sul, the last ma­jor IS ur­ban strong­hold in Iraq, in an of­fen­sive by pro-gov­ern­ment forces that be­gan on Oc­to­ber 17.

Iraqi troops found the mass grave af­ter notic­ing a strong smell while ad­vanc­ing into the town, about 30km (19 miles) south of Mo­sul, on Mon­day. BBC

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