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HIDDEN HELLS OF ISIS Thousands of bodies found in 72 mass graves

The Islamic State overran large swathes of Syria and Iraq in the summer of 2014, and the militants left traces of their massacres dotting the landscape. In a new report, The Associated Press identifies 72 mass graves in Syria and Iraq, and says many more will be uncovered as ISIS’s territory shrinks. “This is a drop in an ocean of mass graves expected to be discovered in the future in Syria,” says Ziad Awad, the editor of online publication The Eye of the City, who is trying to document ISIS’s mass burial plots. Using satellite imagery, photos, and interviews, AP has found the location of 17 mass graves in Syria, and 16 of the mass graves the news organization located in Iraq are in areas still

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