Nineveh, IRAQ – Iraqi authorities announced on Wednesday the discovery of a new mass grave containing remains of 17 Yazidis who were massacred by Islamic State (IS) in 2014.
Speaking to the Iraqi Alghad Press website, a security source said that the new mass grave was found in Kasar al-Mehrab village, west of Mosul.
“The mass grave contained remains of 17 Yazidis who were killed following an Islamic State attack on the strategic town of Sinjar in August 2014,” added the source.
As Iraqi troops recaptured areas held by Islamic State militants since 2014, they have regularly run into mass graves of civilians and security agents executed by the militants for fleeing the group’s havens or collaborating with security forces.
We reported that in Diyala, IRAQ, Iraqi security forces have found a mass grave near a river in Diyala province, a municipal official was quoted saying on Saturday.
Adnan al-Tamimi, head of Maqdadiah council, told Alsumaria News that a security force found a mass grave near al-Zur Basin (10 miles to the north of Maqdadiah).
He revealed that only the remains of five people have been found so far, adding that they were transferred to medical examiners to identify them, Iraqi News reports.
Diyala’s borders with neighboring Salahuddin had served as a hotspot for Islamic State militant activity, and launching point for attacks against civilians and security troops.over the past years.
As Iraqi troops recaptured areas held by Islamic State militants since 2014, they have regularly run into mass graves of civilians and security agents executed by militants over accusations of fleeing the group’s havens or collaborating with security forces.
Iraq’s war against the Islamic State displaced millions of civilians both inside and outside the country, and left thousands dead.
ISIS has become notorious for its brutality, including mass killings, abductions and beheadings, prompting the U.S. to lead an international coalition to destroy it.
The Iraqi capital has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary troops and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake Islamic State-occupied areas in 2016.
Iraq declared victory over Islamic State last December, ending a three-year war to bring down the group’s self-styled “caliphate” declared from Nineveh’s Mosul in 2014. Security continues to comb recaptured areas for remnant cells as a number of attacks against civilians and security grew fears of their resurgence.
Iraq’s war against the Islamic State displaced millions of civilians both inside and outside the country, and left thousands dead, according to government and United Nations figures. In 2017 alone, violence left more than 3000 dead and more than 4000 wounded.
SOURCE – (IraqiNews.com)
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