Iraq 13 Feb 2015 11:14
According to Kurdish government and Peshmerga officials, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and mines planted by Islamic State militants are the biggest cause of death for Peshmerga forces. ISIS has adopted the tactic of heavily seeding all of the territory it withdraws from with the devices with the intent of slowing down Peshmerga advances. Some IEDs are also intentionally left in fields and homes to target civilians according to Kurdish officials. These images are from frontlines with a Kurdish military engineer team specialized in explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), and a farmer who is affected by IEDs after returning home after weeks of heavy fighting in Makhmour. These images follow with an article that includes demining NGO MAG who weighs in on the issue and has been clearing mines in Iraq for 30 years, as does the mayor of the Kurdish city of Makhmour, whose community is still dealing with getting rid of massive amounts of IEDs ISIS left behind to cover their retreat.