Tag Archives | explosive remnants of war (ERW)

Germany now UNMAS’ Largest Contributor in Iraq

Germany now UNMAS’ largest contributor for clearance of explosive hazards in Iraq The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) welcomes an additional contribution of € 17 million ($20.2 million) from the Government of Germany towards survey and clearance of explosive hazards in support of humanitarian and stabilization initiatives. The overall contribution, totalling € 44.2 million […]

Germany Supports the Clearance of Explosive Hazards

The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) welcomes a renewed contribution of EUR 7 million from the Government of Germany for survey and clearance of explosive hazards, including improvised explosive devices and explosive remnants of war, in Iraq. The support will facilitate rehabilitation of infrastructure in areas retaken from ISIL/Da’esh, assist the stabilization process and […]

Mosul Demining: $50m Required

A program to remove unexploded ordnance (UXO) and explosive remnants of war (ERW) in and around the city of Mosul could cost $50 million, UN officials have said. The UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) had previously estimated costs for Iraq as a whole at $50 million this year, but said this could double because of […]

NATO Launches Training Effort in Iraq

NATO launched a new training programme in Iraq on Sunday (5 February 2017), teaching Iraqi security forces to counter Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). Around 30 enlisted soldiers are participating in the first five-week course. ”NATO’s training and capacity building in Iraq is strengthening the country’s ability to fight ISIL and provide for its own security,” […]

IS does “Incredible Job of Booby-Trapping Urban Terrain”

A report from the International Campaign to Ban Landmines says that forces of the so-called Islamic State (IS, also called ISIS or ISIL) fighting the government of Iraq have used victim-activated improvised mines, including explosive booby-traps, extensively since 2014. Numerous media reports in 2015 and 2016 suggest widespread use of victim-activated devices by IS forces […]

Freelance Bomb Disposal a Lucrative New Business

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The Iraqis Making Freelance Bomb Disposal Into A Lucrative New Business Locals are struggling to get rid of the explosive booby-traps the Islamic State left as they withdrew from Ramadi. […]

KRG, Mine Agency brief Diplomats

KRG Board of Environment and Mine Agency brief diplomats on their needs The Department of Foreign Relations today hosted a special session for the KRG Board of Environmental Protection and Improvement and the Iraqi Kurdistan Mine Action Agency (IKMAA) to brief diplomats on their activities, challenges, and needs. Minister Falah Mustafa, Head of the KRG […]

Can Iraq Overcome its Land Mine Infestation?

By Ibrahim Malazada for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq is one of the worst-off countries in the world in terms of minefield and projectile pollution, with 25 million land mines and other unexploded ordnances scattered across the country. The concentration is especially dense […]

Landmines Hinder Return of Displaced to Ramadi

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Samira Ayyash and her family are refusing to return to Ramadi in Anbar province after having fled to the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Ayyash fears that she and her two sons and daughter could fall […]

US Announces New Assistance for Mine-Clearance in Ramadi

The U.S. Embassy announced new U.S. funding worth $5 million to assist in safely clearing explosive hazards in Ramadi, an essential first step to supporting Iraqi authorities as they repair key infrastructure and help displaced families return home. The UN estimates thousands of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have been left behind by Da’esh throughout the […]

KRG Seeks Mine Clearance Tools

By Patrick M Schmidt. A Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) official has announced that security forces need more advanced equipment to clear minefields in areas once controlled by the Islamic State (IS). He also suggested there was a need for machines that can detect mines and also dispose of buried ordinance. “During the short time that […]

Video: Majnoon – from Battlefield to Oilfield

One of the largest oilfields in the world is back in operation after an unorthodox upgrade. The boost in oil production from the Majnoon field in southern Iraq is expected to contribute significantly to meeting global energy demand. It could also help regenerate a country ravaged by war. But redeveloping what was once a raging […]