UN verifies 200 mass graves left by Islamic State in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — U.N. investigators say 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 U.N. says 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 U.N. mission to Iraq and the U.N. office for human rights released their findings in a report on Tuesday.

The international body says 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.

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