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Operationalized Management Information Systems in Iraq's Directorate of Mine Action


 

SUMMARY: The Republic of Iraq remains severely contaminated with explosive ordnance (EO) according to the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor report 2019. Located in southern Iraq, the Iraq Directorate of Mine Action’s (DMA) Regional Mine Action Center South’s (RMAC-S) area of responsibility contains the most contaminated area in Iraq in terms of surface area. The region’s hazard areas recorded in the national mine action database (IMSMA) stood at 1,592 sq km by mid-July 2020, with the Basra Province alone containing 1.27 billion sq m of hazard area. This contamination predominantly originates from various armed conflicts in the region, ranging mostly from the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s to the 2003 Iraq War. The region has seen relatively little conflict with Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which bodes well for regional security but means funding for conventional minefield clearance is limited.


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Published: Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 12, 2021

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