Iraqi authorities uncover new mass grave in Anbar

Mass grave in Iraq (representational photo)

Baghdad ( – Iraqi authorities uncovered on Saturday a new mass grave containing remains of five people executed by Islamic State militants in Anbar.

The mass grave was unearthed in Ar-Rutbah district in Anbar, a security source told Alsumaria News.

An Islamic State terrorist -still under interrogation- had guided the authorities into the grave’s location, he added.

As Iraqi troops recaptured areas held by Islamic State militants since 2014, they have regularly run into mass graves of civilians and security agents executed by the militants for fleeing the group’s havens or collaborating with security forces.

Iraq’s war against the Islamic State displaced millions of civilians both inside and outside the country, and left thousands dead, according to government and United Nations figures. In 2017 alone, violence left more than 3000 dead and more than 4000 wounded.

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