Tag Archives | Demining

NATO Trains Iraqi Officers in Countering IEDs

NATO is helping Iraqi officers learn how to find and defuse Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). Between 1 May and 6 June 2016, two dozen officers are undertaking courses at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Centre in Amman, Jordan. NATO is also providing “train the trainer” instruction, enabling the officers to build the professionalism […]

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 […]

Germany to Lend Iraq $566m

By John Lee. Germany has agreed to lend 500 million-euros ($566 million) to Iraq to help rebuild the country's infrastructure. At a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany also wants to help with the demining of cities and towns in Iraq so that the country's 3 million internally […]

CSI Wins $73m Iraq Defense Deal

By John Lee. Critical Solutions International (CSI) has announced that the Iraqi Ministry of Defense has purchased the Husky 2G as its Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and mine clearing vehicle. According to a statement from the company, this procurement represents a critical enhancement to Iraq's route clearance mission and its ability to maintain freedom of […]

Demining Continues at Block 9

By John Lee. In its Interim Management Statement on Tuesday, Dragon Oil gave the following update on its Iraqi operations: "On 10 September 2014, the consortium comprised of Kuwait Energy (70% and operator) and Dragon Oil (30%) reported its first oil discovery at Block 9, Iraq. "The successful discovery was at the consortium's first target, […]

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 […]

Sterling Global uses Micro MineWolf in Kurdistan

Sterling Global Operations puts first Micro MineWolf tracked armored vehicle into use in Kurdistan Sterling Global Operations (SGO) is operating the first Micro MineWolf (MW50) anti-mine armored tracked vehicle – designed for use in mountainous and other hard-to-access locations – in Kurdistan as part of SGO’s work supporting oil and natural gas exploration, demining projects, […]

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 […]

More Progress Required on Landmines

Iraq continues to be one of the most contaminated countries in the world with landmines and unexploded ordinance. Today, on the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, the United Nations calls for more progress to eliminate the threat of landmines to Iraqis. “Landmines and unexploded ordinance continue to terribly affect Iraqis, […]

IRAQ: Mine-free 2018 target will be Missed

Iraq is drawing detailed maps of areas contaminated by landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO), but is unlikely to clear these areas by a 2018 deadline, says a government official. “Lack of detailed maps for landmines was one of the major problems and it delayed our mine-clearance efforts because the previous regime planted them randomly,” Deputy […]

KRG to Review Welfare of Mine Clearance Professionals

Following a demonstration in Erbil by 700 mine action professionals late last year, the Kurdistan Regional Government will review their pay and working status to ensure that they are fairly rewarded for their vital work. The deminers marched to the Kurdistan Parliament in November to submit their demands. The Speaker Dr Kamal Kirkuki spoke on […]