Mass Graves Holding 400 Daesh Victims Found in Iraq
Mass graves containing at least 400 suspected Daesh group victims have been found near the former jihadist bastion of Hawija in northern Iraq, Arab media reported.
The string of grisly discoveries was made at a military base around three kilometers from the city that the terrorists “turned into an execution ground”, said Kirkuk governor Rakan Saeed.
“Not less than 400 people were executed,” he said, adding that some were clad in the uniform of prisoners condemned to death while others wore civilian clothing.
Daesh was forced out of Hawija — 240 kilometers north of Baghdad — by Iraqi forces in October in a sweeping offensive that has seen the group lose the vast bulk of territory it seized in 2014.
As government troops have advanced across Iraq they have uncovered dozens of mass graves holding hundreds of bodies in areas that fell under the terrorists' brutal rule.