Grave is found by troops

In­ves­ti­ga­tors try­ing to iden­tify ISIS vic­tims

7 Days in Dubai - - GLOBAL NEWS -

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are prob­ing a mass grave dis­cov­ered by Iraqi troops near Mo­sul.

The chill­ing find was the lat­est in­stance of mass graves be­ing un­cov­ered in ter­ri­tory wrested from ISIS mil­i­tants.

In Iraq and Syria so far, the group has killed thou­sands of peo­ple in sum­mary ex­e­cu­tions and ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings, the graves a dark tes­ti­mony to its bru­tal­ity.

Footage of the site shows bones and de­com­posed bod­ies among scraps of cloth­ing and plas­tic bags dug out of the ground by a bull­dozer af­ter Iraqi troops no­ticed a strong smell while ad­vanc­ing into the town of Ha­mam Al Alil on Mon­day.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tors flew in this morn­ing and are on their way to the grave to con­duct ex­am­i­na­tions and de­ter­mine the cause of death,” Cab­i­net of­fi­cial Haider Ma­jeed, in charge of mass grave in­ves­ti­ga­tions, said yes­ter­day.

The first of­fi­cials at the site said the grave, be­hind an earthen em­bank­ment near an agri­cul­tural col­lege, likely holds about 100 bod­ies, many of them de­cap­i­tated. The town is about 30km from Mo­sul.

It was un­clear who the vic­tims were, but a sol­dier at the site pulled a child’s stuffed an­i­mal from the scraps of cloth­ing and rot­ting flesh, swarm­ing with flies.

ISIS has car­ried out a series of mas­sacres since sei - zing large swaths of Iraq in the sum­mer of 2014. They have of­ten doc­u­mented them with pho­tos and videos circ- ulated on­line.

The cam­paign to drive them from Mo­sul, Iraq’s sec­ond­largest city and the ex­trem­ists’ last ma­jor ur­ban strong­hold in the coun­try, be­gan on Oc­to­ber 17. Iraqi troops and the Kur­dish pesh­merga forces are now con­verg­ing on Mo­sul, although the deep­est ad­vance into an east­ern sliver of the city has stalled af­ter mil­i­tants coun­ter­at­tacked ad­vanc­ing spe­cial forces.

‘In­ves­ti­ga­tors flew in to de­ter­mine the cause of death’ – Iraqi of­fi­cial Haider Ma­jeed

VIC­TIM: A child’s toy is found among the bod­ies buried in the mass grave near Mo­sul

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