Mass graves of IS found in Iraq

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Iraqi forces search the site of a suspected mass grave containing the remains of victims of the Islamic State group, near the former al bakara military base. AFP

HAWIJA (AFP) – Mass graves containing at least 400 suspected Islamic State group victims have been found near the former jihadist bastion of Hawija in northern Iraq, the regional governor said on Saturday. The string of grisly discoveries was made at a military base around three kilometres from the city that the jihadists “turned into an execution ground”, said Kirkuk governor Rakan Said. “Not less than 400 people were executed,” he said, adding some were clad in the uniform of prisoners condemned to death while
others wore civilian clothing. The burial pits near Hawija were discovered “thanks to witness accounts from local residents” given to the Iraqi military, Gen Mortada al-Luwaibi said.

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