UN Discover Mass Graves Containing 12,000 ISIS Victims In Iraq

UN investigators discover mass graves containing bodies of 12,000 dead women and children in Iraq

Mass graves containing the bodies of 12,000 ISIS victims, including women, children and the disabled, have been discovered in Iraq by UN investigators. 

According to a joint report by the UN mission to Iraq and UN office for human rights, 202 graves were found throughout northern Iraq.

The enormity of the mass killings could lead the UN to finding ISIS responsible for genocide between 2014 and 2017.

Dailymail.co.uk reports: As the militants swept through Iraq and neighboring Syria, they killed and captured members of the security forces en masse, expelled or killed minorities, and enslaved women and girls from the Yazidi sect.

The Sinjar region, home to around 400,000 Yazidis was ravaged by ISIS in August 2014.

The UN estimated more than 5,000 were rounded up and slaughtered, while another 5,000 were taken as sex slaves.

Several graves found in Iraq’s Salahuddin province contain the remains of victims of the 2014 Camp Speicher massacre, when the militants killed around 1,700 Iraqi security forces and army cadets.

Armed jihadis captured the young, mostly Shiite recruits from Speicher military base, near the northern city of Tikrit and were lined up and executed.

They were buried hastily and some of them were simply thrown into the Tigris river.

In other locations the militants dropped their victims or the corpses of their victims in wells or sinkholes instead of digging graves.

Investigators said there could be thousands of bodies in the Khasfa sinkhole south of Mosul, the largest city once under IS control.

Iraqi authorities have exhumed the remains of 1,258 victims from 28 graves, according to the UN.

It urged authorities to identify the remains of all gravesite victims and seek justice for families.

It said bodies should be preserved and returned to families.

Iraq’s Mass Graves Directorate and Martyrs’ Commission could not be reached for immediate comment.

Iraq declared victory over IS in December last year, but the militants still control pockets of territory just across the border in Syria, and continue to claim responsibility for abductions and bomb blasts around the country.