Iraq teams exhume bodies from mass graves following Isis's departure
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.
IS claimed to have killed the troops shortly afterwards and posted videos purported to show their mass killings.