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Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers fire artillery at Islamic State positions in Bashiqa, east of Mosul, Iraq, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. Iraqi Kurdish fighters are exchanging heavy fighters with militants as they advance from two directions on a town held by the Islamic State group east of the city of Mosul. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

The Iraqi military found a mass grave filled with 100 decapitated bodies


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Iraq's Joint Military Command said in a statement

The Iraqi military found a mass grave that contained the remains of about 100 decapitated bodies just south of the ISIS-held town of Mosul. 

Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool said the bodies were discovered Monday near the School of Agriculture on the outskirts of Hammam al-Alil. 

Tuesday, a forensics team from Baghdad is scheduled to begin investigating the site. 

Rasool said the bodies were mostly reduced to skeletons, making it difficult to determine whether they were soldiers or civilians. 

This isn't the first time ISIS has carried out mass executions. In the summer of 2014, the terrorist group carried out massacres and often documented them. 

Over the weekend, Iraqi troops attacked the town of Hammam al-Alil, which is located about 18 miles south of Mosul.

Friday, the UN refugee agency reported that ISIS was telling residents of the town to hand over boys ages 9 and older to fight for the terrorist group. 

Since the offensive began, tens of thousands of people have been displaced. 

Mosul is Iraq's second biggest city, with approximately 1.2 million residents, according to CNN. So far, 34,038 people have fled the violence. 

The World health Organization (WHO) said as the number of people fleeing Mosul and seeking refuge in camps increases, so does the risk of food-and-water-borne diseases like cholera. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

The Iraqi military found a mass grave filled with 100 decapitated bodies

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