Yesterday, Iraqi forces began exhuming mass graves at 12 different sites in northern Iraq.
The suspected 1,200+ dead in the graves were killed by ISIS last summer.
May God bless the dead and protect the good people of Iraq.
(Reuters) – Iraqi forensic teams began on Monday excavating 12 suspected mass grave sites thought to hold the corpses of as many as 1,700 soldiers massacred last summer by Islamic State militants as they swept across northern Iraq.
The mass killings last June of Shi’ite soldiers from Camp Speicher, a former U.S. base outside the Sunni city of Tikrit, has become a symbol of the brutality of Islamic State fighters and their hatred for Iraq’s Shi’ite majority.
The deaths showed Iraqis that the Islamic State fighters, who have also attacked ethnic and religious minorites as well as fellow Sunni Muslims opposing them, were a threatening new kind of foe.
The images of Shi’ite soldiers being machine-gunned in their hundreds, posted online by the jihadists, could rank as the deadliest single act of bloodshed during a decade of periodic sectarian war in Iraq.
The exhumation of burial sites on the late dictator Saddam Hussein’s presidential compound came days after Islamic State militants were driven from the city by Iraqi forces and Shi’ite paramilitaries.