On June 12, 2014, an estimated 1700 Iraqi young soldiers and Air Force Cadets were slaughtered by ISIS in Tikrit. Almost a year alter, forensic teams discovered mass graves near the massacre site, contain dozens of corpses of the cadets. The ongoing investigations are continuing to determine
the identities of the bodies and the fates of others.
Since the massacre took place, families of the cadets have tried in vain to get an answer on what happened to their sons; they staged protests and and demanded to have more information. With no bodies to grieve for, some keep the hope that their loved ones are still alive.