In a field south of Mosul, investigators probe mass grave
The stench of death drew Iraqi soldiers to the unsettled plot of land freshly liberated from Islamic State fighters.
When a bulldozer scraped the ground, bones poked from just beneath the surface, along with clothing scraps, garbage bags, human remains swarming with flies — and even a child’s stuffed animal.
About 100 bodies, many of them decapitated, are suspected to be buried in what is likely the latest mass grave left by the retreating jihadis, officials said. Investigators on Tuesday began their probe of the site, located near an agricultural school in Hamam al-Alil.
The gruesome discovery by troops advancing on militant-held Mosul fits a pattern in territory retaken from IS. The extremist group killed hundreds as it swept across northern and central parts of Iraq in 2014 and is believed to have carried out a brutal crackdown since the Oct. 17 start of an offensive.