Iraq: Over 1,300 Bodies Found in Two Mass Graves

Two mass graves were found in Iraq this week, both of them in the western province of Anbar. Government officials said the larger one contained 940 victims and dated to the early 1980s during the Saddam era. No specific location was given for it. The second one was found near Saqlawiya, just north of Falluja, and contained 400 bodies. The deputy chairman of Anbar’s provincial council, Sadoun Ubaid al-Shalan, accused U.S. forces of burying this second set of bodies in 2004 after the First or Second Battle of Falluja. Mass graves are regularly found throughout Iraq and can date to any period of recent history.

Meanwhile, at least eight Iraqis were killed and 14 more were wounded in new violence.

In Mosul, gunmen killed a civilian. Two children were wounded when a bomb exploded in a deserted building. Gunmen killed a Yazidi man and his wife.

A woman and five children were wounded when bombs planted around their home in Abu Ghraib exploded.

Gunmen attacked soldiers near Shirqat, killing two of them and wounded four more.

In Falluja, a sticky bomb wounded two civilians.

A Sahwa member was shot to death in Garma.

Gunmen killed a villager at his home near Baquba.

A civilian was killed during an armed attack in Tuz Khormato.

Three bombs were discovered planted along pipelines near Basra and dismantled.

Author: Margaret Griffis

Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for since 2006.