Human remains of 18 women, children, killed by Islamic State, found in Mosul

A cemetery for people who were killed in the clashes is seen at a grave in a schoolyard east of Mosul, Iraq, January 11, 2017. Picture taken 11, 2017. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

Mosul ( A mass grave, with human remains of women and children, was found, north of Mosul, the Nineveh Operations Command said on Sunday.

Speaking to BasNews, Col. Zyad Iyad, of the command, said “security forces found human remains of 18 women and children, who were killed by Islamic State in north of Mosul.”

The troops, according to Iyad, “handed over the bodies’ remains to forensic medicine department in Mosul in order to recognize their relatives.”

On Friday, a mass grave, composed of human remains of 23 Islamic State leaders, was found, south of Mosul.

Thousands of Islamic State militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016.

In December, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014.

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country. The group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.

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