She said that the DNA samples of 38 Indians matched, while that of 39th Indian matched up to 70 percent. For verification of bodies DNA samples of relatives were sent there, 4 state govts, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar were involved.
General VK Singh will leave for Iraq to bring back the mortal remains of Indians killed in Iraq.
"The special plane will first land at Amritsar where the dead bodies of 31 people will be handed over to their families".
Swaraj told the reporters then, "I have already met them several times, but this time the situation was different as Iraqi Prime Minister recently announced that Mosul has been liberated from the ISIS".
The Indian construction workers were mostly from Punjab.
In July 2017, after ruckus in the Lok Sabha over the issue of the 39 Indians missing in Mosul, Swaraj said that there is no evidence to substantiate the claim that they have died.
Union minister VK Singh also travelled to Erbil and Mosul in Iraq to locate the 39 Indian nationals.
Partap Singh Bajwa, a lawmaker of the main opposition party, referred to media reports that the jail that Sushma Swaraj referred to was in ruins and charged: "She has lost all credibility".
One of the captured Indians, Harjit Masih from Gurdaspur, had managed to run away and had claimed to have witnessed the massacre of the others.
More than 10,000 Indians escaped Iraq amid the surge in hostility in 2014, including dozens of nurses who were held momentarily by suspected ISIS terrorists in Tikrit and Mosul before being permitted to return home.