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200 MASS Graves Containing 12,000 ISIS Victims Discovered in Iraq

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

By: Paul Whitehead  |@NeonNettle
 on 7th November 2018 @ 5.56pm
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UN investigators confirmed 202 graves fill northern Iraq as a 'legacy of Isil's terror.'

200 mass graves containing the bodies of 12,000 ISIS victims, including women, children and disabled, have been discovered in Iraq since the Islamic State's violent three-year reign.

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

According to a joint report by the UN mission to Iraq and UN office for human right -UN investigators verified 202 graves fill northern Iraq as a 'legacy of Isil's terror.'

The sheer scale of the mass killing could lead to the UN to finding ISIS responsible for genocide

The graves date back from 2014 to 2017 when ISIS had control over some of Iraq's largest cities.

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According to the DM: As the militants swept through Iraq and neighboring Syria, they killed and caught members of the security forces en masse, ousted or killed minorities, and captured women and girls from the Yazidi sect.

ISIS ravaged the Sinjar region, home to around 400,000 Yazidis in August 2014.

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

Several graves located 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.

Armed jihadis captured the young, mostly Shiite recruits from Speicher military base, near the northern city of Tikrit and were lined up and executed.

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

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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 Khalifa 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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It urged authorities to identify the remains of all gravesite victims and seek justice for families.

It said bodies should be preserved and returned to families.

Iraq's Mass Graves Directorate and Martyrs' Commission could not be reached for critical comment.

Iraq declared victory over IS in December last year, but the militants still control pockets of territory just across the border in Syria and continue to claim responsibility for abductions and bomb blasts around the country.

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