pg-19-tikrit-1-reutersMass graves containing the bodies of 1,700 Iraqi military cadets who were slaughtered by Isis fighters last June are being opened by Iraqi forensic teams who have gained access to them since the capture of the nearby city of Tikrit. Blue-suited forensic teams were shown by Iraqi television digging in an open area, helped by bulldozers, as family members stood nearby. As bodies were recovered, they were labelled with yellow tags while weeping soldiers and relatives lit candles and laid flowers alongside the covered remains. One clip showed unearthed skeletal remains wearing combat boots that were still intact. The Tikrit area is still insecure with some Isis fighters holding out in the north of the city and the forensic workers were guarded by Iraqi government soldiers as they began their work. Read Article