More than 200 mass graves containing the remains of thousands of victims have been found in areas formerly controlled by ISIS, a United Nations report revealed Tuesday.
Both the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) documented 202 grave sites in total, but anticipate more will be discovered in the coming months and years.
The grave sites, which may contain up to 12,000 bodies, were found in the northern and western Iraqi provinces of Nineveh, Kirkuk, Salah al-Din and Anbar.
The smallest grave site, found in west Mosul, contained eight corpses, the report says, and the largest — which is believed to be the Khasfa sinkhole south of Mosul — may contain up to 4,000 bodies.
ISIS — the militant group that is also known as ISIL — seized large areas of Iraq between June 2014 and December 2017 and members declared them as part of a so-called caliphate. Read more