After what seemed like an era of ISIS control in Tikrit, the reign was over when a group of Iraqi soldiers battled their way through it and regained control of the city.
Shortly after their victory, Iraqi soldiers found a mass grave that may hold up to 1,700 Iraqi soldiers (the number ISIS claims to have killed). Excavation sites have opened up all around the presidential palace complex where ISIS sustained their headquarters.
When the first three bodies were found and exhumed, ten Iraqi soldiers saluted the dead by firing seven shots into the air and playing the national anthem. Apparently unrelated Iraqis gathered to support the bodies in spirit by praying.
All bodies found (which are decomposed, for the most part) will be sent to Baghdad for DNA tests to be identified.