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Iraqi forces launch landmine removal campaign in Ninawa rural areas

A campaign has kicked off to remove the war remnants of the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) from agricultural areas around Mosul, especially in the Ninawa Valley area, the Ninawa Operations Command said Wednesday (March 20th).

ISIS has left behind landmines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and booby traps in a bid to cause the most harm to civilians and security forces.

"First Engineering Division forces and anti-explosives units have started clearing some 10 kilometres of agricultural land of explosives," commander Nejm Eddin Karim al-Jubury told Diyaruna.

This comes as part of the first phase of an operation aimed at clearing all agricultural areas in Ninawa of landmines and explosives left behind by ISIS, he said.

"Innocent people have fallen because of those explosives, and we are now trying to fully remove them in co-operation with the international coalition to restore stability and security to all areas of Ninawa," he added.

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