Peshmerga Units Clear Explosives Laid by ISIS

Collection with 23 media items created by Osie Greenway

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. 

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Kirkuk, Makhmour
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
08 Feb 2015

The amount of IEDs left by the Islamic State is staggering. 'Not normal', says the mayor of Makhmour. According to Kurdish government and Peshmerga officials, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and mines planted by Islamic State militants are the biggest cause of casualties for Peshmerga forces. ISIS has adopted the tactic of heavily seeding all of the territory it withdraws from with the deadly 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. We go to the frontlines with a Peshmerga engineer team specialized in dismantling the devices, and speak to a farmer who is affected by Islamic State IEDs. The mayor of the city of Makhmour, whose community is still dealing with getting rid of massive amounts of IEDs ISIS left in August, also weighs in on the subject.

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Makmour
By Osie Greenway
26 Jan 2015

Islamic State IEDs recovered by Peshmerga EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) unit in the town of Makhmour, Iraq. It was said by the units commander that not only the roads were mined but inside the civilians homes and in front of their doors and windows. In this pile are several different types of explosive devices the square IED is a pressure plate mine used for vehicles and tanks usually place on a road and the other is a barrel IED that is also metal soldered together with an explosive charge inside the plastic covering is for waterproofing the IED for the device to last longer in winter weather.

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Makmour
By Osie Greenway
26 Jan 2015

Islamic State IEDs recovered by Peshmerga EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) unit in the town of Makhmour, Iraq. It was said by the units officer that not only the roads were mined but inside the civilians homes and in front of the doors and windows.

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Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
26 Jan 2015

Islamic State barrel IEDs recovered by Peshmerga EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) unit in the town of Makhmour, Iraq. It was said by the units officer that not only the roads were mined but inside the civilians homes and in front of the doors and windows.

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Makmour
By Osie Greenway
26 Jan 2015

Home made Islamic State improvised explosives left in farmer's fields and buried underneath main roads after ISIS militants retreated from the city of Makhmor, Iraq after an offensive by Peshmerga forces and Coalition airstrikes.

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Makmour
By Osie Greenway
26 Jan 2015

Farmers in Makhmor are coming home to their lands after the fighting has stopped and finding there fields covered in IEDs and booby traps with most of their fertilizer stolen by ISIS militants from their storage.

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Makmour, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
26 Jan 2015

Blast site of a roadside explosive device left by Islamic State militants that detonated underneath a Peshmerga vehicle will advancing toward ISIS positions in an attempt to push them out of Makmour, Iraq. There were no casualties reported from the blast.

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Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
26 Jan 2015

This vehicle was pulled off the Makmour, Iraq front lines after running over IED.

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Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
31 Jan 2015

Peshmerga mine disposal unit begins clearing IEDs on the Kirkuk front line left by Islamic State militants days before to cover their retreat into the town of Mula Abdul. By using cables to charge the explosive and control detonate it. In a section of road no more than 30ft there were over 15 IEDs planted within it this is called a cluster.

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Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
12 Feb 2015

Islamic State IEDs recovered by Peshmerga EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) unit in the town of Makhmour, Iraq. These IEDs were designed to be detonated by a home made pressure plate device charged by a 9 volt battery.

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Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
31 Jan 2015

Peshmerga mine disposal unit begins clearing makeshift mines on the Kirkuk front line left by Islamic State militants 2 days ago. In a section of road no more than 30ft there were over 15 IEDs planted within it. Here a IED explodes in an attempt to disarm the explosive so the road can be usable again for armored vehicles.

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Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
12 Feb 2015

Home made Islamic State improvised explosives left in farmer's fields and buried underneath main roads after ISIS militants retreated from the city of Makhmor, Iraq after an offensive by Peshmerga forces and Coalition airstrikes.

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Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
31 Jan 2015

View from inside an armored vehicle used by a Peshmerga EOD team in Kirkuk during IED clearing operations on the front lines of Kirkuk, Iraq.

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Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
12 Feb 2015

"The Islamic Caliphate State" is tagged on the wall of a home in a deserted village with spray paint used as a territory marker by Islamic State fighters that once controlled the town two miles west of Makhmour, Iraq. The homes and roads of this village were destroyed and the area was covered in IEDs left by the Jihadi militants before their retreat out of the area.

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Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
12 Feb 2015

This bridge is where Islamic State militants are digging in and preparing for assaults on Kurdish positions. This frontline has gone back and fourth for four months the Peshmerga is on the offensive now that Coalition airstrikes have proved to be effective in the recent days. This area and others that were taken back by Peshmerga forces had to be swept for IEDs. It was said that at night the fighters from the Islamic State group sneak across no-mans land and plant IEDs in a cluster on main roads used by Kurdish forces.

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Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
12 Feb 2015

EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) unit commander surveys the road for more IEDs left by Islamic State militants during their retreat. In the month of January three Peshmerga officers were said to be killed by IEDs in Kirkuk from the EOD unit.

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Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
12 Feb 2015

Peshmerga mine disposal unit begins clearing IEDs on the Kirkuk front line left by Islamic State militants days before to cover their retreat into the town of Mula Abdul. By using cables to charge the explosive and control detonate it. In a section of road no more than 30ft there were over 15 IEDs planted within it this is called a cluster.

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Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
12 Feb 2015

EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) unit commander surveys the road for more IEDs left by Islamic State militants during their retreat. In the month of January three Peshmerga officers were said to be killed by IEDs in Kirkuk from the EOD unit.

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Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
12 Feb 2015

Peshmerga EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) unit begins clearing makeshift mines on the Kirkuk front line left by Islamic State militants two days ago. In a section of road no more than 30ft there were over 15 IEDs planted within it. Here a IED explodes in an attempt to disarm the explosive so the road can be usable again for armored vehicles.

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Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
12 Feb 2015

Peshmerga EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) unit begins clearing makeshift mines on the Kirkuk front line left by Islamic State militants two days ago. In a section of road no more than 30ft there were over 15 IEDs planted within it. Here a IED explodes in an attempt to disarm the explosive so the road can be usable again for armored vehicles.

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Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
31 Jan 2015

Peshmerga mine disposal unit soldiers begin clearing IEDs on the Kirkuk front line left by Islamic State militants days before to cover their retreat into the town of Mula Abdul. By using detonators filled with explosives the EOD team is able to control detonate the IEDs. In a section of road no more than 30ft there were over 15 IEDs planted within it this is called a cluster.

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Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
12 Feb 2015

An IED explodes as Peshmerga fighters and armored vehicles advance toward Islamic State defenses around the town of Mula Abdula on the outskirts of Kirkuk, Iraq.