Exhumation of Tikrit mass graves begins

April 7, 2015 9:58 AM

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Forensic teams in Tikrit have begun exhuming bodies found in mass graves believed to contain the bodies of hundreds of Iraqi soldiers killed by Islamic State militants.

The extremists captured about 1,700 soldiers in June 2014 as they tried to flee Camp Speicher, a former U.S. Army base on the outskirts of the city, Saddam Hussein's hometown.

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