War Is Over in Iraq, but It Continues to Claim Victims


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(Al Jazeera) Despite the defeat of ISIL (ISIS) over five years ago, Iraq remains heavily scarred by the remnants of war. The country is dotted with checkpoints and armed soldiers. In Mosul, the former ISIL capital, life has partially returned to normal, but many buildings still bear the marks of conflict, with warnings of unexploded ordnance. ISIL left behind numerous improvised explosive devices (IEDs), some hidden in everyday objects, posing ongoing risks.

Humanity & Inclusion reports that 8.5 million Iraqis live in areas contaminated by explosive remnants. This ongoing threat disrupts daily life and economic activities, particularly agriculture. Education on recognizing and avoiding these dangers is crucial, but accidents and injuries, like those of Khuder and Ahmed, continue to occur.

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Published: Friday, June 7, 2024

Last Updated: Thursday, June 6, 2024

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