Kurdish mass graves found in southern Iraq

The bodies of hundreds of Iraqi Kurds have been found in three mass graves in southern Iraq, a Human Rights Ministry official said on Saturday.

Most of the victims are women and children. The victims were found to be Kurds by their traditional dress.

 

The mass graves were found by residents of Qadissiyah in the southern Najaf province, Fadel al-Garawi told AFP.

 

"They were probably Kurds who were executed by the former regime," said Garawi who heads a local branch of the Human Rights Ministry.

 

"This is the 49th mass grave found in Najaf province."

 

More than 180,000 Kurds were murdered by Iraqi security forces during the infamous Anfal campaign in the late 1980s, and some 3,000 villages destroyed in a scorched-earth response to a Kurdish uprising.

 

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