Report: ISIS Buried Thousands in 72 Mass Graves

ISIS-compressedHARDAN, Iraq (AP) Surrounded by smoke and flames, the sound of gunshots echoing around him, the young man crouched in the creek for hours, listening to the men in his family die.

On the other side of the mountain, another survivor peered through binoculars as the handcuffed men of neighboring villages were shot and then buried by a waiting bulldozer. For six days he watched as the extremists filled one grave after another with his friends and relatives.

Between them, the two scenes of horror on Sinjar mountain contain six burial sites and the bodies of more than 100 people, just a small fraction of the mass graves Islamic State extremists have scattered across Iraq and Syria.

In exclusive interviews, photos and research, The Associated Press has documented and mapped 72 of the mass graves, the most comprehensive survey so far, with many more expected to be uncovered as the Islamic State group’s territory shrinks. In Syria, AP has obtained locations for 17 mass graves, including one with the bodies of hundreds of members of a single tribe all but exterminated when IS extremists took over their region. For at least 16 of the Iraqi graves, most in territory too dangerous to excavate, officials do not even guess the number of dead. In others, the estimates are based on memories of traumatized survivors, Islamic State propaganda and what can be gleaned from a cursory look at the earth.

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  • bowie1

    ISIS has all the earmarks of Naziism who shot people en masse and let them drop in a pre-dug hole in the ground and then buried the lot. They have absolutely no human compassion.

  • Nidalap

    Young folks… Not enough patience about them to take over nations by gradual infiltration…

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    The real horror is the nations that do nothing to stop ISIS. This revealed the nature of the Earthlings. May King Jesus bring His vengeance and justice upon the earth as He has promised.

  • BobbyHead

    The godless liberals are calling the U.S. Constitution a living document. This means you
    can interpret the meaning of it any way that fits the present progressive mob
    thinking of the day by wicked judges. That’s why we need and addendum that puts
    God Almighty and His Son Jesus the Lord of all, in an updated U.S.
    Constitution.

    This should be a new preamble to the U.S. Constitution:

    WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES recognizing the being and
    attributes of almighty God, the divine Authority of the Holy Scriptures, the
    law of God as the paramount rule, and Jesus the Messiah, the Savior and Lord of
    all, in order to form a more perfect union do ordain and establish this Constitution
    of the United States of America.