State Department-funded explosive clearance efforts allow students to return safely to university


SUMMARY: ISIS occupied the Iraqi city of Ramadi for seven months before it was liberated in late December 2015. During this period ISIS seeded homes, businesses, and critical infrastructure with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to perpetuate its reign of terror, hinder stabilization efforts, and deter the return of displaced populations. In particular, ISIS used Ramadi's Al Anbar University as its headquarters during the occupation and then littered the entire facility with IEDs and other explosive hazards after they recognized that they would lose control of the city. They also destroyed numerous buildings at the University and across Ramadi before departing the city to further obstruct reconstruction efforts.

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Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 13, 2020

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