UN verifies 200 mass graves left by Islamic State in Iraq

The UN urged the authorities in Iraq to identify the remains and seek justice for their families.
Tuesday 06/11/2018
An Iraqi man inspects the remains of members of the Yazidi minority killed by the Islamic State in Sinjar. (AFP)
An Iraqi man inspects the remains of members of the Yazidi minority killed by the Islamic State in Sinjar. (AFP)

BAGHDAD — UN investigators said they have verified the location of more than 200 mass grave sites from the time of the Islamic State group’s reign in northern Iraq, containing the bodies of between 6,000 and 12,000 victims.

The UN said the 202 graves are a “legacy of ISIL’s terror,” when the group ruled cities and towns between 2014 and 2017. ISIL is an acronym for the extremist group.

The UN mission to Iraq and the U.N. office for human rights released their findings in a report on Tuesday.

The international body said Iraqi authorities have exhumed the remains of 1,258 victims. It urged authorities to identify the remains and seek justice for families.

Iraq’s Mass Graves Directorate and Martyrs’ Commission could not be reached for immediate comment.

(AP)