"Russia: Mass graves found in east Aleppo: Russia’s Defense Ministry said Monday that its troops had found mass graves in the northern city of Aleppo with bodies showing signs of torture and mutilation. Dozens of bodies have been uncovered, according to a spokesman for the ministry, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov. He said some bore gunshot wounds. Although the Syrian war is now largely fought with mortars, tanks and air power, death has come at close quarters as well. Human rights observers and the media have recorded numerous examples of massacres and organized torture, perpetrated by the government, the opposition and Islamic State militants."