Secret Babylon Mass Grave Unearthed
BABYLON, 4 May 2003-Residents of Babylon have discovered a mass grave believed to date back to an uprising put down by Iraq's ousted regime of Saddam Hussein after the 1991 Gulf War and had already dug up 35 corpses yesterday.
They uncovered bones and skulls which were collected in small piles at a wasteland on the southern edge of the city, some 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Baghdad.
US Marines at the site said the bones included those of children aged about 10-12.
Washington has often referred to the brutal tactics of Saddam's government to add justification for launching a war to oust the president on March 20. Several mass graves have been found since Saddam was toppled on April 9.
The International Committee of the Red Cross announced at the end of April that it had contacted US-led coalition forces to try to check numerous reports about mass graves in Iraq.
Thousands of Iraqi families are searching for loved ones who disappeared under Saddam's regime, ousted when US forces entered Baghdad. The Baath regime brutally suppressed the uprising which broke out after the Gulf War.
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A few knew of this but were afraid to do anything while the Regime was in power according to the article. Forensic scientists will visit the site.