|Project Milestone – 1000 IEDs and 500 000 square meters cleared in Iraq!|
Project Milestone – 1000 IEDs and 500 000 square meters cleared in Iraq!
The FSD project in Iraq focuses on the clearance of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and other Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) in the areas of Iraq recently liberated from ISIS an occupied by Kurdish Regional Government Security Forces (known as the Peshmerga). FSD started clearance operations in Kirkuk Governorate in March 2016 on two sites in Daquq District.
The project has recently reached a few significant milestones. The project entered its second year on 01 October 2016 with the extension of support from the United States (PM/WRA). More recently, the project reached the 1000 IEDs discovered and 500 000 square meters cleared milestone. We can also add 73 items of UXO to this list.
On 01 December 2016, the project underwent an internal restructuring process in order to provide an additional clearance team – the resulting structure now provides one large, 13 person, clearance team and two smaller, 7 person teams. The three teams are each fully independent and capable of conducting IED clearance, traditional Battle Area Clearance, simple Building Search on standing structures and EOD Spot Tasks, as well as Technical and Non-Technical Survey tasks.
FSD now works in three task locations: we are continuing operations in Daquq District, operations commenced in the town of Bashir in Taza District (both in Kiirkuk Gvernorate) in July 2016; and from early December, the newly created third team began clearance operations in recently liberated villages in Gwer District, near Makhmur, in the southern part of Erbil Governorate. The villages in Gwer were liberated in October as part of the military campaign to liberate the city of Mosul.
The clearance teams have encountered a number of different types of IED, with the overwhelming number comprising a large explosive charge combined with a simple pressure plate switch. The majority of the IEDs have been discovered on agricultural land surrounding former ISIS defensive location being employed as ‘improvised land mines and laid in a manner very similar to a typical, traditional minefield.