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Iraqi Military Finds 100 Decapitated Bodies in Mass Grave

Most were reduced to skeletons
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 7, 2016 1:17 PM CST
Iraqi Military Finds 100 Decapitated Bodies in Mass Grave
The sun rises as smoke billows after an airstrike at Islamic State positions in Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.   (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

(Newser) – The Iraqi military says it has found about 100 decapitated bodies in a mass grave south of the ISIS-held city of Mosul, the AP reports. The spokesman for the Joint Military Command, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, says the bodies were discovered Monday near the agricultural college in the town of Hamam al-Alil. Most were reduced to skeletons. A forensics team from Baghdad will investigate the site on Tuesday. Rasool says the state of the bodies made it difficult to tell by their clothes if they were soldiers or civilians.

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ISIS has carried out several massacres since it swept into northern and central Iraq in the summer of 2014, often documenting them with photos and videos circulated online. Iraqi forces launched a massive operation last month to drive the extremists from Mosul and surrounding areas. (Last week an ISIS leader released a rare message amid the battle for Mosul.)

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