Iraq: Kurdish region struggles with defusing mines left by IS

Demining has become a pressing issue in Dohuk Governorate of Iraqi Kurdistan, as mines are still buried under the rubble after the victory against the so-called Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL), posing threat to locals and demining teams. Footage filmed near the town of Amakani on Sunday, shows demining of the area, with mines being detected and controllably exploded. According to Abdul... Еще Azez Mohamed from Dohuk's general office of land mines, there are «4 million mines all over the area.» He added that it means there are four mines per each inhabitant of Kurdistan. The Mine Action Foundation in Iraqi Kurdistan suggested even larger numbers in media reports, claiming that there are 7 million mines which remain in the region as well as 3000 minefields. Iraqi Kurdistan has been struggling with demining for decades, as mines were put in place during wars to prevent the enemies from moving further into the country. The devices were largely used in 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War, 1990-1991 Gulf War, and the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. The recent ones though were placed by the Islamic State. According to United Nations Mine Action Service, despite being recaptured from the Islamic State two years ago, the territory still has plenty of devices that pose threat to the locals and hinder the return of internally displaced.

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