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100 beheaded bodies discovered in mass grave near Mosul – Iraqi military

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Troops in Iraq

Troops in Iraq. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

A mass grave containing 100 decapitated bodies has been discovered inside a school south of the Islamic State-held city of Mosul, according to the Iraqi military, which is conducting a US-backed operation to retake the jihadist stronghold.

Iraqi soldiers came across the grave in the School of Agriculture in the town of Hammam al-Alil that was recaptured from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists earlier on Monday, spokesman for Iraq’s Joint Military Command Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool said in a statement cited by AP.

Most of the bodies have been reduced to skeletons. Due to the decaying process of the bodies as well as their clothes it’ is hard to establish whether these were soldiers or civilians, Rasool added. A forensics team from Baghdad is set to investigate the site and carry out tests on the bodies.

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