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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 […]

NATO trains Iraqi Security Forces on Demining

In November and December this year, a mobile training team led by Slovakia conducted a training course in manual demining for Iraqi Security Forces. This was held in Iraq in the framework of NATO‘s training and capacity building activities in support of Iraqi security forces and institutions. It was developed and implemented in coordination with […]

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 […]

UN Advertises 10 New Jobs in Iraqi Kurdistan

By John Lee. The United Nations has advertised several new positions in Iraqi Kurdistan: World Food Prorgamme – Assistant Storekeeper (UNDP) World Food Prorgamme – Driver (UNDP) Senior Advisor – Economic Development Policies & PPP (UNDP) Logistics Manager (UNICEF) Call Centre Operator (United Nations Office for Project Services, UNOPS) National Project Coordinator (United Nations Industrial Development Organization, […]

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 […]

Death Hidden in the Dirt: Old Land Mines in Maysan

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. Death Hidden in the Dirt: Old Land Mines in Maysan Still Killing Shepherds and Farmers The authorities in Maysan province had been clearing land mines from the Iran-Iraq war with […]

Kurdistan Faces Landmine Challenge

By Devin Morrow for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. A small pile of stones in a field may look harmless to the casual observer, but they are a marker for a real danger in Iraqi Kurdistan. Land mines and other explosive remnants of war […]