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WorldIS left 200 mass graves in Iraq - UN

13:30  06 november  2018
13:30  06 november  2018 Source:   bbc.com

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Mass graves in Iraq have become well known since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq toppled the regime of Saddam Hussein. International Experts estimated 300,000 victims could be in these mass graves alone.

The United Nations has said previously that almost 33,000 civilians were killed by the group in Iraq , with more than 55,000 injured. But the Iraqi government body tasked with preserving mass graves says it is underfunded and understaffed, and cannot adequately protect and investigate the sites

IS left 200 mass graves in Iraq - UN© AFP Mosul, in Ninevah province, was a key IS stronghold in Iraq until July 2017 More than 200 mass graves containing thousands of bodies have been found in areas of Iraq that were once controlled by the Islamic State (IS) group, a UN investigation has found.

The graves were found in the north and western governorates of Nineveh, Kirkuk, Salahuddin and Anbar.

They could contain as many as 12,000 victims, the UN report said.

IS seized parts of Iraq in 2014 and imposed brutal rule, commonly killing anyone of whom it disapproved.

It was eventually vanquished by a US-led air campaign backed by Iraqi government forces and allied militias on the ground, although pockets of IS activity remain in some areas.

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A mass grave is a grave containing multiple human corpses, which may or may not be identified prior to burial. The United Nations has defined a criminal mass grave as a burial site containing three or

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The sites, the report notes, contain critical evidence that will not only identify the victims but also help prosecutors build cases for war crimes, crimes against humanity and possibly genocide.

The report said 202 mass graves had been documented so far, including 95 in Ninevah, 37 in Kirkuk, 36 in Salah al-Din and 24 in Anbar.

Investigators estimate between 6,000-12,000 victims are buried at the sites, including women, children, the elderly, people with disabilities, foreign workers, and members of the Iraqi security forces.

IS left 200 mass graves in Iraq - UN© Reuters Civilians flee as Iraqi forces battle to retake Mosul

"The mass grave sites documented in our report are a testament to harrowing human loss, profound suffering and shocking cruelty," said Ján Kubiš, the UN Secretary General's special representative for Iraq.

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Excavations, mapping and testimony offer clearest evidence yet of scale of militant group’s crimes in conquered territories.

Jan Kubis told the UN Security Council that it was "evidence of the heinous crimes" IS had committed. The graves have been discovered in recent months as territory has Human remains have been found in mass graves near Sinjar in northern Iraq , near Anbar in western Iraq and in Tikrit in northern Iraq .

"Determining the circumstances surrounding the significant loss of life will be an important step in the mourning process for families and their journey to secure their rights to truth and justice."

Significant challenges facing families of the missing are also highlighted. Currently, they have to register with five separate Iraqi offices to try to establish the fate of their loved ones.

The report calls for a public, centralised registry of missing persons as well as a federal Office of Missing Persons.

Iraq's war with IS

  • January 2014: Forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant capture the cities of Falluja and Ramadi
  • June 2014: The jihadists take Mosul, Iraq's second city, after a six-day battle
  • 29 June 2014: ISIL changes its name to Islamic State, announcing a new caliphate under Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
  • August 2014: IS captures Sinjar. Some 200,000 civilians, mostly Yazidis, flee to the Sinjar mountains, prompting US-aided air drops
  • March 2015: Iraqi forces and allied Shia militias retake Tikrit
  • December 2015: Ramadi recaptured
  • June 2016: Falluja retaken
  • October 2016: Iraqi forces, Shia militias, Kurdish units and international allies lay siege to Mosul
  • July 2017: Mosul retaken
  • December 2017: Iraq's PM announces an end to the war with IS

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