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  • Scientists Investigate a Medieval Mass Grave Under a French Supermarket

    05/17/2015 10:14:29 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | 5-13-15 | Marissa Fessenden
    hen the Monoprix Réaumur-Sébastopol supermarket in Paris, France, decided to renovated their basement to get more storage space, they probably didn’t expect to uncover hundreds of human bones. But when they dug into the basement floor, that's exactly what they discovered. The human remains are, apparently, the legacy of a cemetery from a medieval hospital, reports Aurelien Breeden for The New York Times. Since the find in January, France’s National Institute for Preventive Archeological Research, or Inrap, has been excavating the site. The institute knows that the hospital itself was the Hôpital de la Trinité, built in the early 13th...
  • Can an infant be baptized, be raised by believing parents & later turn from the faith?

    06/15/2014 12:52:19 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 290 replies
    6/15/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    1.) An infant is baptized, is raised by believing parents and later when older turns from the faith. 2.) An infant is baptized, has no believing parents to be raised by, and when older doesn't turn from the faith. Given that the antithesis exists for 1 & 2, wouldn't it be prudent for the priest to baptize the fortunate infant as well as the unfortunate, as either could remain faithful when older, show perseverance against high odds, and no priest knows the future - only God Almighty? Given that only God knows the future, perhaps withholding baptism isn't an option...
  • Skeletons found in mass graves in Somalia

    03/06/2014 10:29:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 6, 2014 12:44 PM EST | Jason Straziuso
    An American volunteer gently brushes away dirt to reveal the bones of a Somali victim buried in a mass grave some 30 years ago. Tens of thousands of skeletons may lie in mass graves here, on the northern edge of Somalia, where many want to see justice prevail, even if delayed. Last year 38 bodies were uncovered in two graves by the Somaliland War Crimes Investigation Commission, which is overseeing the work on a third site where another dozen bodies are buried. More than 200 mass graves with the bodies of 50,000 to 60,000 people may be in the region,...
  • Volunteer For Auschwitz Among Polish War Heroes Buried In Mass Grave By Poland's Communist Regime

    Man who volunteered for Auschwitz among war heroes Poland searching for in mass grave WARSAW, Poland - It could hardly have been a riskier mission: infiltrate Auschwitz to chronicle Nazi atrocities. Witold Pilecki survived nearly three years as an inmate in the death camp, managing to smuggle out word of executions before making a daring escape. But the Polish resistance hero was crushed by the post-war communist regime — tried on trumped-up charges and executed. Six decades on, Poland hopes Pilecki's remains will be identified among the entangled skeletons and shattered skulls of resistance fighters being excavated from a mass...
  • Mass grave with 900 corpses found in Iraq

    07/06/2011 1:47:29 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 18 replies
    AFP - Iraqi authorities uncovered a mass grave with 900 corpses near the central city of Diwaniyah on Wednesday, believed to be Kurds killed during the rule of ousted dictator Saddam Hussein, an official said. The corpses were found in the Shanafiya region, 70 kilometres (45 miles) west of Diwaniyah. -exempt- Last April, authorities said they had found another mass grave in Anbar province of western Iraq containing the bodies of more than 800 people, including women and children, executed during Saddam's regime.
  • Texas hoax had the media digging their own grave

    06/09/2011 9:03:35 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 11 replies ^ | 9 June 2011 | Bob Garfield
    After a psychic tip-off about a mass grave in Texas, Liberty County sheriff's department informs the media no bodies have been found. Turned out that Liberty County sheriff's deputies had been acting on a tip from a woman who may or may not have been claiming to be a psychic, and who may or may not have had an ulterior motive in directing police to the home of the long-haul trucker who owns the place. But by then it was too late for media, in or near Greenwich mean time. They'd long since launched a journalistic corpse-a-palooza. Agence France Presse...
  • "Psychic" Sends Houston Police On Search For 30 Dismembered Bodies -- Gets Reported Everywhere

    06/07/2011 6:43:02 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/07/2011 | Joe Weisenthal
    And the weirdest news story of the day goes to this weird blast about police being on the search for a mass grave of dismembered bodies in Houston that every news organization wrote about. Turns out... Houston Chronicle: A state law enforcement source later Tuesday afternoon told the Houston Chronicle that deputies had been directed to the site by a psychic. "All we know is the sheriff department received a call about a mass grave, or something like that, with several bodies," the source said. "They went and checked it, and there was nothing there. The caller went back and...
  • Psychic's mass grave tip proves false

    06/07/2011 6:39:21 PM PDT · by avg_freeper · 51 replies
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE ^ | June 7, 2011, 8:18PM
    Authorities converged on a residential property near the Liberty County town of Hardin on Tuesday night after the sheriff’s office received a phone tip from a self-professed psychic that 25 to 30 dismembered bodies were buried there. By 8 p.m., Liberty County Judge Craig McNair said that no bodies were found inside the house. Cadaver dogs were inside and found nothing. A preliminary search by law enforcement officers earlier in the day found evidence of what they believed was blood, but no sign of anything else, leading them to suggest the call may have been a hoax. A search warrant...
  • Zimbabwe's killing fields: Mass grave of over 600 bodies found in mine shaft.(paging Mr Obama).

    03/31/2011 7:13:48 PM PDT · by GSP.FAN · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 31 | Daily Mail
    Hundreds of skeletons found in a remote mine shaft in Zimbabwe have been used as political propaganda by supporters of President Robert Mugabe. The Fallen Heroes of Zimbabwe Trust, a previously little known group of Mugabe party loyalists, says says the remains of more than 640 bodies have been discovered in the disused Chibondo gold mine near the provincial center of Mount Darwin, 110 miles from Harare, But while the trust says the bodies are those of victims of colonial atrocities committed under former leader Ian Smith, pathologists say visual evidence may point to more recent killings in a nation...
  • Hundreds of Chilldren Found in Mass Grave (Iraq)

    02/26/2010 5:52:58 PM PST · by roses of sharon · 84 replies · 3,475+ views ^ | 2/25/10 | Mihemed Eli Zalla
    Anfal genocide was a campaign against the Kurds in 1980s. It was aimed at the elimination of the Kurds in Iraq, by destroying and burning Kurdish villages down. Killing and burying alive the people of these villages. It costed over 200,000 lives of innocent Kurds. A group of experts from ministry of Anfaled and Martyrs are to excavate these graves soon. The graves hold remnants of 272 children and the oldest one among them is a 16 year old girl. A pregnant woman is also among them, added Amin.
  • Bones In Togas Puzzle Vatican Arhaeologists

    05/20/2006 7:30:15 PM PDT · by blam · 42 replies · 1,612+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-21-2006 | Nick Pisa
    Bones in togas puzzle Vatican archaeologists By Nick Pisa in Rome (Filed: 21/05/2006) Archaeologists exploring one of Rome's oldest catacombs are baffled by neat piles of more than 1,000 skeletons dressed in elegant togas. The macabre find emerged as teams of historians slowly picked their way through the complex network of underground burial chambers, which stretch for miles under the city. They say the tomb, which has been dated to the first century AD, is the first known example of a "mass burial". The archaeologists are unable to explain why so many apparently upper-class Romans - who would normally have...
  • Mass World War II Grave Found in Croatia

    04/04/2009 4:02:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 52 replies · 5,162+ views
    AFP ^ | 4/4/09
    A mass grave dating from World War II and containing the remains of up to 4,500 people, including German officers and their Croatian allies, has been found near Zagreb, media reports said Saturday. Bones were found in six caves at Harmica, in the Zapresic region, some 20 kilometres (12 miles) west of the capital, close to the border with Slovenia, newspapers and state television said. The website of the daily Jutarnji List said they included soldiers of the Croation Ustachi regime allied to the Nazis and some 500 German army officers. It quoted an official of the Croatian branch of...
  • DNA Tests Identify 23 in 1980s Peru Massacre

    02/25/2009 10:07:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 334+ views
    DNA tests have identified 23 victims from a mass grave in Peru's southern highlands, a quarter century after they were killed by Peru's military, forensic scientists and a lawyer for the victims' relatives said Wednesday. Peru's government-appointed truth commission said that 123 people were killed in the 1984 massacre in Putis — the largest mass slaying in the bloody 20-year standoff between Maoist Shining Path guerrillas and a state-sponsored counterinsurgency campaign. Peru's prosecutor's office and a team of anthropologists and other experts dug up the remains of 92 victims last year at the high-altitude site.
  • Iraqis: 33 decomposed bodies found in mass grave

    11/29/2008 10:59:08 AM PST · by ScaniaBoy · 7 replies · 421+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 29 November, 2008 | AP
    <p>A mass grave containing the bodies of 33 men, women and children has been found in a former Sunni insurgent stronghold north of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said Saturday.</p> <p>Amer Riffat of the Diyala provincial council said the bodies were discovered Saturday near Khalis.</p>
  • Victims of Iran war with Iraq found in mass grave

    11/25/2007 5:47:38 AM PST · by nuconvert · 9 replies · 75+ views
    AFP ^ | Nov. 25, 2007
    Victims of Iran war with Iraq found in mass grave BASRA, Iraq (AFP) — A mass grave containing 30 corpses of people killed during the Iran-Iraq war, including Iranian soldiers, was found on Sunday near the southern Iraqi port city of Basra, officials said. Mahdi al-Timimi, an official with a local human rights group in Basra, said the grave was uncovered in Al-Zubair town, east of Basra city. "Several local people discovered the grave after which we sent our team to the site and found 30 corpses, including those of Iranian soldiers," he said. "The team was able to identify...
  • Dinosaur mass grave discovered in Switzerland (Plateosaurus bones in abundance in the FRick area?)

    08/09/2007 11:16:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 255+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/9/07 | Reuters
    ZURICH (Reuters) - An amateur paleontologist in Switzerland may have unearthed Europe's largest dinosaur mass grave after he dug up the remains of two Plateosaurus. The dinosaurs' bones came to light during house-building in the village of Frick, near the German border. "A hobby paleontologist looked at a construction site for a house and happened to discover the bones," said Monica Ruembeli from the Frick dinosaur museum. The finds show that an area known for Plateosaurus finds for decades may be much larger than originally thought. "It could be that the area extends for 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) and in...
  • Mass Grave Sheds Light On Europe's Bloody History (1636 Battle)

    07/31/2007 2:48:21 PM PDT · by blam · 63 replies · 2,030+ views
    Spiegel ^ | 7-31-2007 | David Crossland
    Mass Grave Sheds Light on Europe's Bloody History By David Crossland in Berlin Europe's soil is blood-soaked from centuries of fighting but rarely yields mass graves from battles that took place before the two world wars. One such grave has now been found near Berlin with over 100 soldiers who died in the 1636 Battle of Wittstock. Archaeologists say they can learn much from the skeletons which show terrible wounds. An archaeologist gently uncovering a row of skeletons in the mass grave found in Wittstock near Berlin. Archaeologists in Germany are examining a mass grave containing the skeletons of more...
  • Hundreds of blindfolded bodies found in underground prison [Afghanistan]

    07/05/2007 3:12:15 PM PDT · by Ancient Drive · 28 replies · 2,009+ views
    ABC News ^ | 7-05-07 | AFP
    Hundreds of blindfolded bodies found in underground prison Posted 1 hour 44 minutes ago An underground prison containing hundreds of bodies has been discovered in Afghanistan. Police General Ali Shah Paktiwal has told the BBC the mass grave was unearthed in a former military base on the outskirts of the capital, Kabul, dating back to the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s. General Paktiwal says many of the bodies were found blindfolded with their arms tied. The grisly find was made after a 70-year-old Afghan man, who recently returned to the country, led police to the site. "He told...
  • Pipeline Diggers Find Mass Grave in Ukraine

    06/17/2007 2:53:54 PM PDT · by SJackson · 51 replies · 1,592+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6-17-07 | Natasha Lisova
    KIEV, Ukraine — Ditch-diggers discovered a mass grave believed to contain thousands of Jews slaughtered in Ukraine during World War II, a Jewish community spokesman said, a grim finding in a nation one Holocaust expert said had been “an enormous killing field.” The grave was found by chance last month when workers were laying gas pipelines in the village of Gvozdavka-1, about 175 kilometers (110 miles) northwest of the Black Sea port city of Odessa, regional Jewish community spokesman Roman Shvartsman said Tuesday. The Nazis established two ghettos during World War II near the village and brought Jews there from...
  • New PreWarDoc fits with Gwynne Roberts article about Iraqi nuclear test

    04/19/2006 9:18:35 PM PDT · by RayRobisonblog · 45 replies · 2,716+ views ^ | 19 April 2006 | Ray Robison
    Fitting the pieces together In February 2001, the Sunday Times ran the article Was this Saddam’s Bomb by Gwynne Roberts. I couldn't find the original but it is also on . I only recently read this article and found it interesting but very hard to believe. One of the newly released documents CMPC-2003-015757 contains the Roberts' article in English. This is the first time I have seen it. I did some research and found no serious academic or professional rebuttals other than people who also found it hard to believe. However, it seems that supporting evidence has been right...

    08/18/2006 1:09:26 AM PDT · by Westlander · 84 replies · 1,896+ views
    AKI/VPR ^ | Aug-17-06 | (Vpr/Aki)
    Forensic experts have excavated over 1,000 bodies from a mass grave in the village of Kamenica in eastern Bosnia.
  • Mass grave uncovered near holy city

    01/17/2006 2:52:45 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 11 replies · 571+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 18 January 2006 | Kamal Taha
    A MASS grave containing the bodies of 22 people believed to have been killed during a failed Shiite uprising against Saddam Hussein in 1991 has been found near one of Iraq's holiest cities, security officials said overnight. The discovery was revealed as Iraq remained shrouded in political uncertainty following the December election, with Sunni Arab leaders angry over a decision to annul less than 1 per cent of the votes because of fraud, although they did not rule out taking part in the new government. At least 12 people were killed in attacks across the country, including seven workers slain...
  • Iraq Remains Thought to Be From 1991 Grave - Remains of dozens found in grave near Karbala

    12/27/2005 8:57:07 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 412+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/27/05 | Jason Straziuso - ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Municipal workers in the Shiite holy city of Karbala found remains believed to be from a mass grave dating to 1991, when Saddam Hussein's regime put down a Shiite uprising in the south. Also, more than 10,000 people marched through Baghdad in support of a national unity government of Sunnis and Shiites, while insurgent attacks killed six Iraqi policemen and two civilians in a fresh surge of violence. The remains were discovered Monday and were sent for testing Tuesday in an effort to identify the bodies, said Rahman Mashawy, a Karbala police spokesman. He did not say...

    12/27/2005 2:43:52 AM PST · by F14 Pilot · 38 replies · 1,234+ views
    AKI ^ | 27-Dec-05
    Karbala, 27 Dec. (AKI) - Police in the Shiite holy city of Karbala say they have uncovered a mass grave containing the remains of men, women and children. The gruesome find was made by workers digging a water pipeline. Local authorities say they believe the corpses are those of a hundred or more Shiites slaughtered just after the end of the first Gulf War, in reprisal for having staged an uprising against Saddam Hussein. There are believed to be as many as 30,000 victims in the Shiite revolt. Since the overthrow of Saddam in April 2003, scores of mass graves...
  • Lebanon asks UN to extend Hariri murder inquiry; mass grave discovered in Anjar

    12/04/2005 9:45:46 AM PST · by Valin · 4 replies · 469+ views
    BEIRUT,(Agencies) - Lebanon has asked U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to extend for six months the mandate of an inquiry into the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri. Prime Minister Fouad Siniora told Annan in a phone call on Saturday that the Lebanese government wanted the inquiry to continue for six months after its Dec. 15 deadline, and be open to further extensions, a statement from his office said. Lebanon's government agreed on Thursday to ask the United Nations to continue its probe into the Feb. 14 truck bombing that killed Hariri and 22 others, but U.N. diplomats said the...
  • Lebanon unearths mass graves in old Syria stronghold

    12/04/2005 10:08:54 AM PST · by Valin · 2 replies · 293+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/4/05 | Afif Diab
    ANJAR, Lebanon, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Lebanese forces excavated a suspected third mass grave on Sunday, a day after unearthing 25 decomposed corpses in an eastern town that was the headquarters of Syrian intelligence for three decades. Security forces were digging for more bodies at the third site near two other mass graves close to an old onion farm in the eastern town of Anjar, long used by Syrian intelligence as a notorious interrogation centre. Security sources said the 25 bodies found so far -- most now only skeletons in scraps of underwear -- had lain in the shallow graves...
  • Lebanon finds mass grave

    12/03/2005 5:58:18 PM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 8 replies · 852+ views
    BEIRUT: Troops exhumed the remains of 25 bodies from a mass grave near a former Syrian military base in eastern Lebanon yesterday, while an official said 12 more buried bodies - most believed to be Lebanese soldiers - were removed from a grave near Beirut recently for DNA testing. The identities of the bodies were not immediately known, but one security official said some appeared to be Lebanese soldiers killed during an October 1990 Syrian military offensive that defeated Christian-commanded Lebanese Army units of then interim Lebanese prime minister Michael Aoun. Residents of the eastern Bekaa Valley town of Anjar,...
  • Don't hurry over Saddam. The whole Arab world needs to watch this trial

    10/19/2005 4:48:30 AM PDT · by Renfield · 9 replies · 563+ views
    The Times (London, UK) ^ | 10-19-05 | Amir Taheri
    WHAT IS the latest?” Iraqis ask as they come together for tea and sympathy in these times of hope and uncertainty. And there is always someone who answers by reporting the discovery of a new mass grave where the victims of Saddam Hussein were buried. According to the latest estimates, the remains of more than 200,000 people, the fruit of the 35-year-long rule of his Arab Socialist Baath Party, have been found in this ever expanding archipelago of death. And yet, as the fallen dictator’s trial opens today, he faces only one charge: the massacre of 143 men, women and...

    10/08/2005 1:17:49 PM PDT · by Blogger · 42 replies · 4,320+ views
    Friday, October 7, 2005 THE LARGEST MASS GRAVE IN AMERICA? By Rich Buhler Special to ASSIST News Service LOS ANGELES (ANS) -- Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the sealing of what many regard to be the largest mass grave on American soil. (Pictured: Rich Buhler). There isn’t anything that points you to the site in the Odd Fellows cemetery in East Los Angeles. You have to search for it, but it’s there on the east side of the grounds marked only by a flat gravestone that says “IN MEMORY OF THE 16,500 PRECIOUS UNBORN BURIED HERE. OCT 6, 1985.”...
  • Victims Found in Mass Grave in Croatia Could Possibly be Serbian

    09/23/2005 2:43:59 PM PDT · by joan · 12 replies · 391+ views
    Focus News Agency ^ | September 22, 2005
    Zagreb. 15 victims who were recently exhumed from a mass grave in Croatia and were reported Croatian, were in fact Serbian, AFP reported, citing a publication in the Croatian Globus Weekly Newspaper. The mass grave was discovered nearby Okucani, which is located 100 km southeast of Zagreb. 11 of the 15 victims have been identified as women. The issue reminds of Vice Premier Jadranka Kosor’s statement at the end of August, when he said that civilian Croatians, killed by Croatian Serbs in the war (1991-1995) were buried in the mass grave. Analysis of the remains show that the victims could...
  • Anniversary of massacre of the 1988 political prisoners held in Iran (Pictorial)

    09/03/2005 6:12:38 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 6 replies · 589+ views
    In the summer of 1988, the Islamic Republic took the lives of thousands, nay, tens of thousands of the most conscious, most decent loving human beings in our society who wanted nothing but freedom and happiness for all. Do not think of these prisoners as strangers among the people, no, you all know them: they were our friends, our relatives. They were our sisters, our brothers, our children, our folks, our comrades. Each and every one of them was a family’s loved one; our loved ones. Some believed in communism, some were religious. However, they had one thing in common:...
  • 30 bodies found near Baghdad (Iraqi Security cleans up)

    08/15/2005 11:09:44 AM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 3 replies · 944+ views
    Gulf News ^ | 8-15-05 | Staff
    30 bodies found near Baghdad HILLA (Iraq): The bodies of 30 people, including two women, were discovered in a mass grave south of Baghdad yesterday, and police have made several arrests in connection with the grisly find. "A grave containing 30 mutilated bodies, of which two were women, was discovered at Awerij," about 20km south of the Iraqi capital, said police lieutenant Muthanna Al Shumari. Al Shumari said the grave, located in Babylon province whose capital is Hilla, dated back around around six months. Iraqi forces conducted house searches in the region and arrested 13 suspects, including a Sudanese and...
  • Thirty bodies found in mass grave

    08/14/2005 4:34:15 AM PDT · by gpapa · 7 replies · 947+ views
    Agence France-Presse via ^ | August 14, 2005 | Unattributed
    THE bodies of 30 people, including two women, were discovered in a mass grave south of Baghdad today, and police have made several arrests in connection with the grisly find, security sources said. "A grave containing 30 mutilated bodies, of which two were women, was discovered at Awerij," about 20 km south of the Iraqi capital, said police lieutenant Muthanna al-Shumari. Shumari said the grave, located in Babylon province whose capital is Hilla, dated back around around six months. Iraqi forces conducted house searches in the region and arrested 13 suspects, including a Sudanese and an Egyptian, Shumari said, adding...
  • New mass grave yields thirteen bodies (Serb civilians from Orahovac kidnapped back in 1998)

    05/19/2005 8:36:35 AM PDT · by joan · 11 replies · 352+ views
    B92 ^ | May 19, 2005
    MALISEVO -- Wednesday – Up to this morning a total of thirteen bodies had been recovered from the most recently discovered mass grave in Kosovo, UNMIK representative Marcia Pool said today. She was unable to estimate what the total number of bodies in the grave is likely to be. According to Pool, the bodies are most likely those of Serbs who were abducted and murdered in 1998. A UNMIK Police spokesman told Serbian journalists in Pristina that they would be permitted to visit the grave site. Representatives of ten Serbian families from Orahovac members of whose families disappeared in 1998...
  • Al-Sadr followers clash with Iraqi forces; police uncover mass grave

    05/06/2005 7:57:35 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 11 replies · 614+ views
    Knight Ridder ^ | May. 06, 2005 | Gaiutra Bahadur
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr, the militant Shiite Muslim cleric responsible for two uprisings against the United States last year, clashed with Iraqi security forces in the southern city of Kufa on Friday, on a day of widespread violence in Iraq. A mass grave was found at a dump near the Shiite slum that's al-Sadr's stronghold in the capital, and two suicide car bombs struck a market and a police checkpoint, killing at least 23. The clash in Kufa came after a defiant speech by al-Sadr that was read at Friday prayers, and it brought reminders of the...
  • Desert Reveals Saddam Savagery

    05/02/2005 7:11:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 756+ views
    The Australian ^ | May 02, 2005
    WITH paintbrushes, forensic specialists are carefully brushing away dirt from a human skull covered with sandy soil, one of 1500 believed to be buried in seven mass graves uncovered in this desolate stretch of the Iraqi desert, now patrolled by Australian troops. In a nearby trench dug by US investigators, a mass of black tangled hair gives a second skull an almost life-like appearance. A third skull appears to be screaming, mouth wide open. Skulls and bones, clothing and other belongings found in shallow graves offer valuable clues to investigators gathering evidence against Saddam Hussein and others from the former...
  • 113 Kurds Are Found In Mass Grave

    05/01/2005 6:42:24 AM PDT · by baystaterebel · 9 replies · 305+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 30, 2005 | Ellen Knickmeyer
    BAGHDAD, April 29 -- U.S. investigators have exhumed the remains of 113 people -- all but five of them women, children or teenagers -- from a mass grave in southern Iraq that may hold at least 1,500 victims of Saddam Hussein's campaign against the Kurdish minority in the 1980s, U.S. and Iraqi officials said this week. The recovered bodies are expected to be among the evidence used against the deposed Iraqi president by prosecutors at a special tribunal, investigators said. The non-acidic soil at the grave site preserved layers and layers of distinctive Kurdish clothing worn by many of the...
  • Mass grave with up to 1,500 bodies found in Iraq

    04/30/2005 8:13:12 AM PDT · by Always Right · 45 replies · 1,278+ views
    Reuters AlertNet ^ | 4-30-2005 | Reuters
    NEAR SAMAWA, Iraq, April 30 (Reuters) - Investigators have uncovered a mass grave in southern Iraq containing as many as 1,500 bodies, most of them thought to be Kurds forcibly removed from their homes in the late 1980s. The site, near the town of Samawa, about 300 km (180 miles) south of Baghdad, consists of 18 shallow trenches dug by earth-moving vehicles into hard limestone rock. Most of the victims were women and children who were apparently lined up in front of the pits and shot with AK-47 assault rifles, according to a U.S. investigator. Around 110 bodies have been...
  • Horrors of Iraq's mass graves

    02/21/2005 7:19:24 PM PST · by abu afak · 28 replies · 1,170+ views
    Shia News ^ | 6/24/03 | Sayed Mahdi Almodarresi
    By Sayed Mahdi Almodarresi Our greatest tragedy may be that we tend to forget our tragedies The killed were killed, the captured were killed, and the injured were killed as well. No one was spared. Jews were victims of Nazi oppression and “ethnic cleansing”, the result of which was the extermination of over five million Jews. By perpetrating such a heinous crime Hitler engraved his name in history as one of the most notorious criminals who immersed himself in the blood of innocent people... We are not going to dispute that. In fact, we, more than anybody can fully grasp...

    12/30/2004 7:35:51 PM PST · by The Final Harvest · 11 replies · 539+ views E-Mail ^ | Friday, December 31, 2004 | Rich Galen
    I think we can agree on this: 2004 was not the best year that ever was. There was precious little to recommend 2004 as "my favorite year." Election results - In the US, Afghanistan and the Ukraine - pretty much cover the positive news. In January, when I was in Baghdad, a huge explosion killed dozens of people just outside one of the main gates leading into the Green Zone. As the year ended a wave of Biblical proportions killed so many people that - that it defies comprehension. In between it was like the 1959 Kingston Trio song, "The...
  • Possible mass grave discovered in northern Iraq

    12/29/2004 5:53:20 AM PST · by Ginifer · 10 replies · 387+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Dec. 29, 2004 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Workers digging the foundation of a new hospital in this northern city discovered Wednesday a burial site that regional human right minister said could contain the remains of hundreds of people. At least seven bodies were removed from the excavation in Suleimaniyah's suburb of Dabashin shortly after they were discovered. Officials said the bodies were believed to be of Kurds killed while fleeing Saddam Hussein's army as it tried to crush an uprising following the 1991 Gulf War. Speaking at the site of the dig, Salah Rashid, the regional Kurdish human rights minister, said "there are mass graves all over...
  • Mass grave of women and children uncovered in Iraq

    10/13/2004 11:27:08 PM PDT · by ETERNAL WARMING · 10 replies · 422+ views
    WND ^ | Oct 14, 2--4 | staff
    Mass grave of women and children uncovered in Iraq Forensic experts hope evidence will help convict Saddam Hussein By Agence France Presse (AFP) Thursday, October 14, 2004 HATRA, Iraq: Forensic experts digging for evidence against ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein have carried out their first full exhumation of a mass grave filled with the skeletons of scores of women and children, many shot in the back of the head. "This is all women and children. We have taken in excess of 120 bodies out of there," said U.S. investigator Greg Kehoe as he stood over one of nine trenches piled...
  • Bodies of babies found in Saddam's 'killing field'

    10/13/2004 3:08:55 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 35 replies · 2,023+ views
    The Evening Standard ^ | October 13, 2004 | Joe Murphy
    A mass grave containing the bodies of children, babies and their mothers has been unearthed in Iraq.Shocked investigators reported finding "thighbones the size of matchsticks" at what they believe is the site of one of Saddam Hussein's atrocities. Among the findings-were the skeletons of unborn babies and toddlers clutching toys. A baby had been shot in the back of its head and was found still being clutched by its mother, who had been shot in the face. The discovery was reported as Tony Blair came under mounting pressure to apologise to Parliament for the misleading intelligence claiming Saddam had weapons...
  • Babies found in Iraqi mass grave

    10/12/2004 11:58:57 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 8 replies · 638+ views
    BBC ^ | 13 October, 2004, 04:12 GMT 05:12 UK | BBC
    A mass grave being excavated in a north Iraqi village has yielded evidence that Iraqi forces executed women and children under Saddam Hussein. US-led investigators have located nine trenches in Hatra containing hundreds of bodies believed to be Kurds killed during the repression of the 1980s. The skeletons of unborn babies and toddlers clutching toys are being unearthed, the investigators said. They are seeking evidence to try Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity. It is believed to be the first time investigators working for the Iraqi Special Tribunal (IST) have conducted a full scientific exhumation of a mass grave. "It...
  • Horror Unearthed from Iraqi Mass Grave

    10/12/2004 5:36:26 PM PDT · by cgk · 67 replies · 2,774+ views
    Al Jazeera ^ | 10-13-04
    Horror unearthed from Iraqi mass grave Wednesday 13 October 2004, 1:47 Makka Time, 22:47 GMTInvestigators probing mass graves in Iraq have conducted their first scientific exhumation of bodies.Hoping to unearth crucial evidence that could help in convicting deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, investigators said nine trenches in a dry riverbed at the Hatra site in northern Iraq contained at least 300 bodies, and possibly thousands. Those buried included children still clutching toys."It is my personal opinion that this is a killing field," said Greg Kehoe, a US lawyer appointed by the White House to work with the Iraqi Special Tribunal."Someone...
  • Mass grave reported near Al-Najaf in Iraq

    02/08/2004 7:33:18 AM PST · by knighthawk · 10 replies · 199+ views
    BBC Monitoring ^ | Februari 08 2004 | Voice of the Mujahidin
    The inhabitants of the Al-Kafal town have found at least 30 bodies in a new mass grave left by the defunct Saddamist regime. Our correspondent quoted several of the town's inhabitants who said that some of the local people discovered the mass grave while transporting sand. Workers have started to dig up the bodies from the mass grave under the supervision of the religious authorities in holy Al-Najaf. Since the US-led invasion of Iraq and the toppling of the criminal Saddam government, mass graves that contain thousands of bodies have been found in areas where the majority of the inhabitants...
  • How did Taliban prisoners die, and who knew?

    08/29/2002 6:08:43 PM PDT · by ArcLight · 51 replies · 243+ views
    CNN ^ | 8/29/2002 | Matthew Chance
    MAZAR-E SHARIF, Afghanistan (CNN) -- In the stifling desert of northern Afghanistan, lying as still as the air, is evidence of the gruesome fate that met hundreds of Taliban fighters late last year. The discovery of numerous mass graves, filled with bones and skulls, raises questions about exactly what happened to prisoners after they were captured last November in the northern city of Konduz by the U.S.-backed forces of Northern Alliance Gen. Adbul Rashid Dostum. The ground around Mazar-e-Sharif offers abundant evidence of mass death. In May, investigators with the Boston, Massachusetts-based group Physicians for Human Rights examined a grave...
  • Afghanistan: Fahim Rejects Reports of Mass Grave, Launches Probe

    08/21/2002 5:19:59 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 178+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | Augustus 21 2002
    KABUL -- Afghan Defense Minister Mohammad Qasim Fahim on Wednesday denied reports of a mass grave of Taliban prisoners said to have suffocated in Northern Alliance trucks, but said an investigation had been launched. "I don't believe that there would be a mass grave in Dasht-e-Leili," Fahim said in the capital Kabul. "The Ministry of Defense has some contact with the concerned sources in the area and the province to do the exact investigation." The United States on Monday said it was looking into a *** Newsweek *** magazine report that some 1,000 Taleban prisoners may have died of asphyxiation...
  • Coalition, Iraqis Exhume Mass Graves in Search for Justice

    09/07/2003 3:50:36 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 1 replies · 197+ views
    DoD - American Forces Press Service ^ | Sept. 6, 2003 | Jim Garamone
    Coalition, Iraqis Exhume Mass Graves in Search for Justice By Jim GaramoneAmerican Forces Press Service MAHAWIL, Iraq, Sept. 6, 2003 – All that remains is a field filled with plastic bags of clothing and other personal effects. The field was the site of a mass grave of Shiia Muslims killed following the uprising against Saddam Hussein in 1991. When U.S. Marines arrived in the area in April, the local people went to the field and exhumed what was left of their loved ones murdered by the former regime. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld visited the site during this trip...
  • Bodies exhumed from Iraqi mass grave

    07/15/2003 12:34:19 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 316+ views
    The Australian ^ | July 16 2003
    DOZENS of bodies were exhumed today from a mass grave in the northern Iraqi region of Al-Hadar under the supervision of US experts. The remains of people who residents said were victims of the ousted regime of Saddam Hussein were dug up from a grave at Sahil Attaf, south of the northern capital of Mosul. The digs, which were undertaken by a team from the US Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, with the help of American troops and members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), will continue over the coming days. The US team said it put the remains unearthed...