International: The number of ISIS mass graves in Iraq is “staggering”


The head of the international investigation team into the crimes of ISIS, Christian Richer (Germany), said that the number of ISIS mass graves in Iraq is surprisingly high.

Reicher’s comments came on the sidelines of a conference on ISIS held by the German Foreign Ministry on Wednesday in the capital, Berlin, with the aim of discussing the issue of financial flows of extremists.


German TV, Deutsche Welle, quoted Richer as saying that these graves are an important evidence from which, among other things, it is possible to deduce the number of people killed by ISIS.

The international investigator stressed that the number of ISIS mass graves in Iraq is surprisingly high.

We are now in a race against time because the graves are subject to natural influences, but we are working on it.

Richer noted that the money trail could be used to determine who was behind the methodology of these many brutal crimes.

He stressed the need to bring to trial the officials involved in planning these crimes, even at the leadership levels.

Richer explained that the war crimes committed by ISIS were organized with a high degree of bureaucracy.

He added, “These were not isolated actions.. It seems that they were very planned, and this is also evident from the display of the tombs.”


Pointing out that everything indicates that the senior leadership was also aware of what was happening at the front.

Richer noted that in addition to storage media and mobile phones, ISIS also left behind a large number of documents, which will now be digitized and evaluated in full swing.

The former German Federal Prosecutor, Richer, heads the investigation team of the United Nations (UNITAD), based in Baghdad, since last September.

For more than a decade, Richer has been investigating war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity, including crimes in Rwanda and Syria.

Richer was heading the International Criminal Law Department in the Prosecutor’s Office in the German city of Karlsruhe, and UNITAD was tasked with supporting Iraq in exposing ISIS crimes.


And ISIS controlled about a third of the area of ​​Iraq in the summer of 2014, before Baghdad announced the restoration of all the country’s lands in 2017.

However, sleeper cells of the organization are still spread in large areas and are responsible for the attacks in the country.