Mass grave discovered in northern Iraq
A mass grave containing at least two dozen people killed by the IS militants was discovered in a troubled region which was previously overrun by terrorists.
Officials in Iraq’s Kurdistan region said on Thursday that they discovered the mass grave in the country’s volatile north.
Sources say at least 24 bodies have been recovered from the grave, which is located in Sulaiman Bek district.
The victims were apparently truck drivers kidnapped five months ago by the IS militants.
Local officials also say an examination of the ID cards of the truck drivers showed that they were mostly from southern Iraq.
On Monday, the Iraqi soldiers and volunteers retook Sulaiman Bek and Yankaja, two towns in the north of Amerli, regarded as important militant strongholds.
In another chilling move, the IS has released a picture of a young child holding a Kalashnikov. The picture was posted by a British woman who has joined the IS militants in Syria.
She is now married to one of the militant commanders. Her parents say the photo may be showing her new family. The woman has also released another picture showing her holding a shotgun.
The IS violence has spilled over from Syria into neighboring Iraq.
The UK-based human rights group Amnesty International has also strongly condemned IS terrorists for committing "war crimes, including mass summary killings, beheadings, crucifixions, and abductions."
Islamic State militants have committed heinous crimes and threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and Yazidi Kurds, during their advances in Iraq.