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PM Advisor seeks Int'l support to clear Iraq from landmines

Prime minister Haider al-Abadi's Economic Advisor Mazhar Mohammed Saleh

Prime minister Haider al-Abadi's Economic Advisor Mazhar Mohammed Saleh has urged regional and international bodies concerned to help Iraq clear piles of landmines left behind on its territories over several years of conflicts and wars.

In statements on Sunday, the premier's adviser termed Iraq as "a huge landmine field" which required consolidated international efforts to clear it after years of wars and internal conflicts which left millions of landmines on its territories.

Saleh noted that clearing the mines required serious planning, to restore stability, and to repair Iraq's infrastructures in the areas that witnessed military operations, noting that Iraq has a history full of landmine fields some which date back to Iraq-Iran war, others left behind during the second Gulf war between Kuwait and Iraq along with the landmines and IEDs which are currently being used by ISIS to fight against the Iraqi forces.

Saleh asked the relevant regional and international bodies to extend help to Iraq to clear such huge piles of landmines and IEDs, adding that this critical issue is a priority to help stabilize the country after the victories achieved over ISIS.

Last Modified: Sunday، 12 February 2017 12:11 PM
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