New Camp Speicher Mass Grave Found; 31 Killed in Iraq



The Pentagon blamed an artillery mishap for the deaths of two U.S. servicemembers on Sunday in northern Iraq. The troops were conducting a counter-fire mission against an Islamic State mortar site when the accident happened. Iraq reported that the soldiers were operating in Kurdistan at the time but gave no further details.

Authorities have exhumed the bodies of 267 victims of the 2014 Camp Speicher massacre. This newly discovered mass grave was found in al-Qusor al-Reasia near Tikrit, and it brings the total dead to 2,694 people, by some estimates. Many of the victims were air force cadets.

At least 31 others were killed and nine were wounded in recent violence:

One policeman was killed and two were wounded by a blast in Hammam al-Alil.

Gunmen killed a policeman in Kirkuk.

In Tal Afar, a gunman killed a civilian.