Baghdad, The United Nations considered Iraq the most contaminated country with mines, indicating that the area contaminated with mines in Iraq is about three billion square meters.
Senior Director of the Iraq Program in the Department of Mine Action at the International Organization / UNMAS, Per Lodhas said in a press statement, which was followed by NINA: “The area contaminated with mines and war remnants in Iraq amounts to two billion 987 million and 275 thousand and 90 square meters, including 257 million 378 thousand and 865 square meters in the Kurdistan region. ”
The UN official confirmed that there had been an increase in the number of war remnants and other forms of explosive materials, including innovative IEDs, after ISIS occupied a number of governorates, noting that “there are no official statistics about the percentage and number of the increase.”
“The United Nations Mine Action Service” has funded surveys in the governorates of Nineveh, Kirkuk, Anbar, Salah al-Din and Diyala, and has discovered and reported areas suspected of being contaminated and areas with confirmed contamination,” Lodhas indicated.
According to the Landmine Monitor, Iraq is one of the most contaminated countries in the world in terms of the area of the mined area, in addition to contamination with cluster munitions and other war remnants at a high level.
Basra Governorate is the most contaminated governorate due to the presence of minefields from previous wars on an area of 883 million square meters, which is a result of the war with Iran 1980-1988, the Gulf War in 1991, and the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, and these areas include minefields barrier along the borders of Iraq with Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Source: National Iraqi News Agency