Mass grave holding over 800 bodies is discovered in Iraq

April 14, 2011 19:26

BAGHDAD - A mass grave holding the remains of over 800 bodies, many believed to be opponents of ousted leader Saddam Hussein, has been discovered in western Iraq, an Iraqi Human Rights Ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

Kamil Ameen said the grave, found in the desert of western Anbar province, Iraq's Sunni heartland, included remains of Kurds, Shi'ites, women and children and was one of the bigger mass graves unearthed in recent years.

"The grave consists [of people] from different sects. Initial reports indicated they were political opponents," Ameen told Reuters.

"The number [of bodies] so far is 822 but it could increase. Our technicians expect the number to reach 900."

Mass graves have been found regularly in Iraq since the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled Sunni dictator Saddam.

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