Over 70 mass graves unearthed in Iraq: Military

Over 70 mass graves unearthed in Iraq: Military

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iraqi forces unearthed over 70 mass graves containing the bodies of Iraqi civilians, mostly Izadi people, tortured and slain by the ISIL terrorists in three towns near the Northern city of Mosul, which was once the ISIL terrorists' main stronghold in the country, local sources reported on Wednesday.

The sources said that over 70 mass graves have thus far been discovered in the towns of Sinjar, Tal Afar and al-Ba'aj in Nineveh province.

The sources said that the mass graves contain a large number of bodies of Izadi people mascaraed in ISIL's era in Nineveh.

Several mass graves have been found in areas formerly controlled by ISIL terrorists since Iraqi forces launched their major offensive in October 2016 to liberate Mosul, the ISIL's last urban stronghold in the Arab state.

The largest mass grave on the territory of Iraq, allegedly containing the bodies of more than four thousand people, was found late February not far from the city of Mosul near the Baghdad-Mosul road.

According to reports, the number of dead bodies was more than four thousand, making it the largest mass grave on the territory of Iraq so far. The bodies belonged to Iraqi security forces who have been killed by the ISIL back in the summer of 2014 when the terrorist group first captured the area.

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the end of military operations against the ISIL group in the Arab country.

ISIL began a terror campaign in Iraq in 2014, overrunning vast swathes in lightning attacks. Iraqi forces then launched operations to eliminate ISIL and retake lost territory.