Thursday 21 September 2017

Iraq teams exhume bodies from mass graves following Isis's departure

A soldier prays at a mass grave for Shi'ite soldiers from Camp Speicher who have been killed by Islamic State militants in the presidential compound of the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in Tikrit April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
A soldier prays at a mass grave for Shi'ite soldiers from Camp Speicher who have been killed by Islamic State militants in the presidential compound of the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in Tikrit April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
Members from the Iraqi forensic team search to extract the remains of the bodies belonging to Shi'ite soldiers from Camp Speicher who have been killed by Islamic State militants at a mass grave in the presidential compound of the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in Tikrit April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
A member from the Iraqi forensic team writes on the body bag of remains belonging to Shi'ite soldiers from Camp Speicher who have been killed by Islamic State militants at a mass grave in the presidential compound of the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in Tikrit April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Press Association

Forensic teams in the newly liberated city of Tikrit have started exhuming bodies from mass graves believed to contain hundreds of soldiers killed by Islamic State militants last year.

Kamil Amin, from Iraq's Human Rights Ministry, said work started yesterday on eight locations inside Tikrit's complex of presidential palaces, where much of the killing is believed to have taken place.

He said at least 12 bodies were exhumed yesterday.

IS militants overran Saddam Hussein's hometown last June, capturing around 1,700 soldiers as they were trying to leave Camp Speicher, an air base previously used by US troops on the outskirts of Tikrit.

A soldier prays at a mass grave for Shi'ite soldiers from Camp Speicher who have been killed by Islamic State militants in the presidential compound of the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in Tikrit April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
A soldier prays at a mass grave for Shi'ite soldiers from Camp Speicher who have been killed by Islamic State militants in the presidential compound of the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in Tikrit April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

IS claimed to have killed the troops shortly afterwards and posted videos purported to show their mass killings.

Members from the Iraqi forensic team search to extract the remains of the bodies belonging to Shi'ite soldiers from Camp Speicher who have been killed by Islamic State militants at a mass grave in the presidential compound of the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in Tikrit April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
Members from the Iraqi forensic team search to extract the remains of the bodies belonging to Shi'ite soldiers from Camp Speicher who have been killed by Islamic State militants at a mass grave in the presidential compound of the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in Tikrit April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

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