ERBIL — The United State has declassified 81 locations of unexploded bombs dropped by its jets during the operations to dislodge Islamic State (IS) from northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
The rare decision was made to help Iraqi authorities with the removal of war remnants before the process of reconstructions begins in the city.
Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, in a newly released memo, said he was providing a list of geographic coordinates “for the sake of public safety”, as reported by Associated Press.
The list, he said, includes the type of munition and the latitude and longitude of the expected location, “so that duly authorized experts may more easily locate, render safe, and dispose of possible coalition unexploded ordnance.”
Sol Black, the State Department’s program manager, told The Associated Press that Townsend’s action was “one of the fastest turnarounds” for that type of request that he’d seen. He said the data is being shared with Iraqi authorities and will feed into mapping software that tracks the explosive remnants of war.