At least 200 mass graves have been uncovered across several regions formerly held by the Islamic State terror group in Iraq, a UN report said.
Those mass graves include bodies of thousands of civilians – including women and children – as well as members of the Iraqi Army and police forces.
According to figures released by the United Nations, more than 33,000 people were killed, 55,000 others injured by the Islamic State in Iraq.
The mass graves are mainly scattered across four Iraqi provinces; Nineveh, Kirkuk, Salahuddin and Anbar, all located in the northern and western part of the country where the terror group has reigned for a while.
According to estimates; up to 12,000 bodies are included in those 200 mass graves. However, the exact number of victims is still far from being confirmed.
Meanwhile, fierce clashes are currently taking place near the Syrian borders with the US-backed Kurdish forces launching attacks against ISIS in the bordering area.
Up to 30,000 Iraqi troops and militia units have been deployed to defend Iraq’s western border with Syria against possible attacks from forces of the self-proclaimed Islamic State.