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Iraqi Forensic Teams Excavate Mass Graves Containing Bodies of Iraqi Soldiers Killed by Islamic State Militants

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A forensic team is digging up mass graves in Tikrit of Islamic State victims. Photo: Screenshot.

Independent – Forensic teams have begun excavating suspected mass graves in Tikrit believed to contain up to 1,700 bodies, just days after Iraqi forces re-took the city from the clutches of Isis militants.

The 12 sites are believed to hold up to 1,700 Iraqi soldiers, who were brutally killed in a mass execution that was photographed and circulated online by Isis as propaganda.

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