Mass Graves ‘of ISIL victims’ Found in Iraq’s Hawijah

Mass graves containing at least 400 suspected ISIL victims, many wearing prison uniforms, have been found in northern Iraq. The sites were discovered on Saturday near Rashad airbase close to the group’s former stronghold, Hawijah, 45km west of Kirkuk. Iraqi forces recaptured the town of Hawijah and surrounding areas from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group in October. It was one of their last strongholds in Iraq. Rashad airbase, located about 30km south of Hawijah, was used by ISIL as a training camp and logistic base. Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan, reporting from Baghdad, said it was a common ISIL tactic to imprison and execute anybody who was in opposition to their rule. “The graves are a significant find, most of all for the families of the victims who have been seeking closure for years,” Khan reported. “According to locals, ISIL turned the military base...

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