Iraqi experts start exhuming bodies at Tikrit mass graves of soldiers killed by Islamic State

April 7, 2015 7:56 AM

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Iraqi experts start exhuming bodies at Tikrit mass graves of soldiers killed by Islamic State

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 31, 2015 file photo, Iraqi security forces and allied Shiite militiamen celebrate in central Tikrit, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants holed up in downtown Tikrit, going house to house Tuesday in search of snipers and booby traps, and the prime minister announced security forces had reached the city’s center. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File) (The Associated Press)

BAGHDAD – An Iraqi official says forensic teams in the newly liberated city of Tikrit have started exhuming bodies from a mass grave believed to contain hundreds of soldiers killed by Islamic State militants last year.

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