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Mass grave found by Iraqi forces near IS-held Mosul

Mass grave found by Iraqi forces near IS-held MosulIraqi troops noticed the strong smell while advancing on Monday into the town of Hamam al-Alil. A bulldozer dag out of the ground a lot of bones and decomposed bodies among scraps of clothing and plastic bags, Associated Press reports.

The first investigators inside the town, some 30 kilometres (19 miles) from Mosul, say that the mass grave likely holds about 100 bodies, many decapitated.

Read also: Iraqi special forces have begun assault on IS-held Mosul

The site lies behind an earthen embankment near an agricultural college.

Iraq's Joint Military Command spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool says investigators from Baghdad would be inspecting the site on Tuesday and in the coming days.
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