Fight against Isis: Mass grave filled with 100 headless bodies found near Mosul

Soldiers of the Iraqi army display mortar shells next to a tank confiscated from Islamic State jihadists on November 7.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Iraqi troops claim to have found a mass grave south of the Islamic State-held city of Mosul, filled with around 100 decapitated bodies.

The discovery comes as Iraqi and Coalition troops press to liberate Mosul from the clutches of Isis, two years after the jihadists occupied the city. Further details about the mass grave have yet to be revealed.

Isis has become synoymous for its barbarity since it rose to prominence in the summer of 2014. In addition to the beheading of perceived enemies and traitors, the group has been known to drown and blow up those it deems to be threats to its extreme version of Islam.

Coalition forces continue to make progress in their battle to liberate Mosul, Isis' key Iraqi stronghold. However the offensive has rapidly degenerated into house-to-house fighting, and it was reported over the weekend that the group's commander, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, had managed to flee the besieged city, along with other commanders.