Yazidis sift through the remains of a mass grave trying to identify missing loved ones they fear were killed by ISIS

Members of a persecuted Iraqi sect have been faced with the grim task of sifting through a mass grave to try to identify missing loved ones they fear were killed by the Islamic State.

Kurdish forces found the remains of about 25 men, women and children of the Yazidi minority in a trench in northwest Iraq yesterday.

A Peshmerga colonel said the grave was found near Sinuni during a search for explosives that ISIS often leaves behind, posing a threat to troops and civilians even after they withdraw.

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