Ten corpses retrieved from rubble in Iraq’s Mosul :commander

A man walks by a destroyed building in eastern Mosul, Iraq, April 19, 2017. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Baghdad ( Iraqi relief workers retrieved on Tuesday ten dead bodies from under the wreckage of Iraq’s war against Islamic State militants in the city of Mosul.

Iraqi al-Madar agency quoted Taha Mortada, a civil defense captain in Nineveh province, saying in press statements that teams retrieved ten corpses in al-Farouq neighborhood in Mosul’s famous Old City. He explained that the bodies belong to victims of Islamic State militants.

He said the corpses were handed to forensic authorities for identification.

Mosul, and particularly the Old City, was the place where Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdady delivered a famous sermon declaring the establishment of a self-proclaimed “caliphate” in Iraq and neighboring Syria.

Iraqi security forces took over the city in July 2017, but relief teams continue to extract corpses of Iraqis who were either slain by the extremist group or died under bombardment from Iraqi and international coalition forces in their war against the group.


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