MOSUL MASS GRAVE: Another one Containing 200 Bodies Unearthed
Iraqi forces discovered another mass grave in Southern vicinity of ISIL-held city of Mosul as the Iraqi military forces and their allies continue their clearing operation in the areas liberated since the start of the operation to retake the Northern Iraqi city.
Al-Alam - Middle East
The gruesome discovery was made just in matter of days after the Iraqi forces found a mass grave containing the remains of suspected victims of the ISIS executions in a village recently retaken from the terrorists near Mosul, Sky Press reported.
The newly-discovered grave, said to contain at least 200 bodies executed by ISIS, was found near Mosul after security forces spotted stray dogs digging into the ground in Hammam al-Alil and pulling out corpses.
Hammam al-Alil is the last major settlement along the River Tigris before Mosul itself, located some 30 miles (50km) South of the town. It is not yet clear whether those that were executed were civilians or members of police.
On October 17, 2016, the Iraqi Army and Kurdish Peshmerga forces launched a major battle for Mosul to liberate the city and its surroundings from ISIS.
Iraqi forces have recently taken control of major towns in the countryside surrounding Mosul, as well as recapturing several neighborhoods within the city.
Iraqi forces have discovered a number of ISIS mass graves in the country's liberated districts, among them the one found last week near the agricultural college of the town of Hammam al-Alil, South of Mosul.
Since ISIS militants captured vast areas in Northern Iraq in 2014, they have carried out mass killings of security-forces personnel as well as members of ethnic and religious minorities.
However, since the launch of the operation to liberate Mosul three weeks ago, the UN has reported new atrocities by the militants in the area.
As the Iraqi forces continue to clear the suburbs of Mosul in an ongoing offensive, new evidence of gruesome crimes conducted by the terrorist group in the area have been discovered, including numerous mass graves containing hundreds of decapitated corpses, many of which presumably belong to former members of local law enforcement.
Source: Al Alam