You might or might not recall the Western media fabricating, hyping, and reporting all the Iraqi deaths during the Iraq war during George W. Bush’s 8 years? Most of those were innocent Iraqis killed by the “insurgents” (whose deaths, btw, were also added/included in the numbers) and another portion of the numbers were based on vague Iraqi citizens’ answers to international human rights groups’ questions about family members and friends they hadn’t seen or heard from, so, like, you know, that must mean those people were dead— killed by the US and Coalition troops and airstrikes and “Bush”, or something.
Either way, the media never produced one photo of such mass civilian casualties. But they ignored all the mass graves the troops found that Saddam had filled (or maybe they added those numbers to the human rights reports). And while this is an AP report, because the MSM is carrying the administration’s water that ‘ISIS is not a threat and is demising’, this story will get little, if any, coverage and then dropped ASAP…
HARDAN, Iraq (AP) — Surrounded by smoke and flames, the sound of gunshots echoing around him, the young man crouched in the creek for hours, listening to the men in his family die.
On the other side of the mountain, another survivor peered through binoculars as the handcuffed men of neighboring villages were shot and then buried by a waiting bulldozer. For six days he watched as the extremists filled one grave after another with his friends and relatives.
Between them, the two scenes of horror on Sinjar mountain contain six burial sites and the bodies of more than 100 people, just a small fraction of the mass graves Islamic State extremists have scattered across Iraq and Syria.
In exclusive interviews, photos and research, The Associated Press has documented and mapped 72 of the mass graves, the most comprehensive survey so far, with many more expected to be uncovered as the Islamic State group’s territory shrinks. In Syria, AP has obtained locations for 17 mass graves, including one with the bodies of hundreds of members of a single tribe all but exterminated when IS extremists took over their region. For at least 16 of the Iraqi graves, most in territory too dangerous to excavate, officials do not even guess the number of dead. In others, the estimates are based on memories of traumatized survivors, Islamic State propaganda and what can be gleaned from a cursory look at the earth.
Still, even the known numbers of victims buried are staggering — from 5,200 to more than 15,000.
Sinjar mountain is dotted with mass graves, some in territory clawed back from IS after the group’s onslaught against the Yazidi minority in August 2014; others in the deadly no man’s land that has yet to be secured.
IS made no attempt to hide its atrocities. In fact it boasted of them. But proving what United Nations officials and others have described as an ongoing genocide — and prosecuting those behind it — will be complicated as the graves deteriorate.
Following the release of the AP research, the State Department noted that it is providing assistance to Iraqi authorities for the investigation of mass graves.
“Sadly, we anticipate that additional mass graves will be discovered as additional lands are liberated from Da’esh,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.
Then there are the graves still out of reach. The Islamic State group’s atrocities extend well outside the Yazidi region in northern Iraq.
Satellites offer the clearest look at massacres such as the one at Badoush Prison in June 2014 that left 600 male inmates dead. A patch of scraped earth and tire tracks show the likely killing site, according to exclusive photos obtained by the imagery intelligence firm AllSource Analysis.
Of the 72 mass graves documented by AP, the smallest contains three bodies; the largest is believed to hold thousands, but no one knows for sure.