Dozens of decapitated bodies found in mass grave outside ISIS-held Mosul

Mosul - Agencies - The Iraqi military reported Monday it found some 100 decapitated bodies in a mass grave south of the Islamic State-held city of Mosul.


Soldiers found the bodies near an agricultural college in the town of Hamam al-Alil, according to the spokesman for the Joint Military Command, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool. Most were reduced to skeletons.

A forensics team from Baghdad was set to investigate the site. Rasool said the state of the bodies made it difficult to tell by their clothes whether they were soldiers or civilians.

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.

The terror group and related fighting has forced more than 3 million Iraqis to escape since 2014. As many as 33,000 have left Mosul, senior Obama administration officials said Monday, adding that the figure was lower than expected.


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