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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, […]

Weekly Security Update for 24th May 2012

Levels of violence rose significantly in Iraq last week. At least 50 people were killed and 149 injured in nationwide incidents. This is almost double the number of fatalities recorded the previous week. A total of 48 bomb attacks left 21 people dead and 138 injured. This is twice the number of bombings reported the […]

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 […]

Cost of Clearing Iraq's Landmines: $12bn

Aswat al-Iraq reports that the cost of clearing the estimated 25 million mines from Iraq will be around $12 billion. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had highlighted the work of United Nations mine action personnel around the world in preventing landmines and unexploded ordnance from causing harm long after conflicts have ended, and transforming danger zones into […]

For an Iraq Free of Landmines by 2018

Marking the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, the United Nations calls for an Iraq free of all landmines by 2018, and reaffirms its commitment to support the country’s Mine Action programme. “Each year on 4 April, countries around the world raise awareness about landmines and progress toward their eradication. In […]

EODT Receives Iraqi Mine Action Accreditation

EOD Technology, Inc. (EODT), a leader in stability operations support services worldwide, has received its Mine Action accreditation from Iraq’s Ministry of Environment. With this accreditation in place, EODT will expand its current operating footprint in Iraq to support the country’s infrastructure reconstruction and development initiatives. EODT has been operating in Iraq continuously since 2003 […]

Weekly Security Update for 19th October 2011

At least 76 people were killed and 184 injured in nationwide attacks in Iraq last week. This is a rise from the previous week and largely attributable to a series of attacks in Baghdad. A series of bombing and suicide attacks targeting the police in the capital left numerous people dead on 12 October. The […]

Rumaila Output Returning to Normal

Reuters reported on Sunday that output at Iraq's Rumaila South oilfield has been restored to 460,000 barrels per day after pipeline bombings last week. The report said two production stations were restarted on Sunday morning to start pumping 460,000 bpd to Zubair storage, and two more stations would be operating by the afternoon. Output from […]

Weekly Security Update for 23rd June 2011

Overall, levels of violence fell in Iraq over the past week, but the rate of weekly incidents has continued to fluctuate in recent months and the improvement is likely to be temporary. There have been three recent suicide attacks, targeting provincial government buildings and the police. Two of these attacks have taken place in the […]

Weekly Security Update for 11th May 2011

Overview Levels of violence rose in Iraq over the past week, mainly in the centre of the country, throughout the capital, in the east of Anbar province and the west of Diyala province. Other hotspots included Mosul, Kirkuk, Diwaniyah, Hillah and even Karbala and Basrah. Kurdistan remained largely quiet, although the risk of unexploded ordnance […]

Oil Companies Help to De-Mine Iraq

International oil companies (IOCs) in Iraq have stepped up efforts to clear the country of millions of landmines, but according to Reuters progress remains slow due to security constraints. According to its demining plan, Iraq is supposed to clear 2 percent of its contaminated land this year but has already hit 5 percent thanks to […]