Thousands of Kilometers of Iraqi Land Remain Mined: Official
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Thousands of Kilometers of Iraqi Land Remain Mined: Official

ERBIL — Iraqi Minister of Environment Nizar Amidi recently announced that more than 2,000 square kilometers of land in Iraq remains mined despite years of nationwide demining endeavors.

“Iraq has cleared 59 percent of the areas contaminated with mines, and the remaining 41 percent represent more than 2,000 square kilometers,” Amidi said last week.

According to a recent update from federal Iraq's ministry of environment, the country's demining teams have cleared at least 4,600 square kilometers of land from mines and other explosives, with 2,100 square kilometers of mined territory left to be cleared.

Demining endeavors are a lot faster and more efficient in the Kurdistan Region, where the Region's Mine Action Agency cleared 2,316,756 square meters of land from landmines and other explosive ordnances in 2022 alone.

Iraq is one of the most contaminated countries in the world, with recent conflicts having had a significant impact on polluting its environment. Heavy mining took place during the 1980s Iraq-Iran war and 1991 Gulf war. The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group also mined a considerable amount of territory in Iraq when they seized certain parts of the country in 2014.

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