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Documenting landmines and other explosive devices used during the Battle of Mosul dam

By Mark Hiznay, Senior Researcher, Arms Division of Human Rights Watch

In recent days several media outlets including the Washington Post and CNN reported that Iraqi security forces and Kurdish Peshmerga encountered landmines, improvised explosive devices (IED), and booby traps during their recapture of the Mosul dam from fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). 265 more words

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Responses to the Obama Administration's landmine policy announcement

On June 27th, the Obama Administration, via its Ambassador to Mozambique, pledged to end the purchase and stockpiling of anti-personnel landmines and put the United States on a path to joining the Mine Ban Treaty ( 580 more words


Obama’s New Landmine Policy: Change I Can Believe In, Tentatively

Without much fanfare last week, representatives of the State Department announced subtle but crucial changes to the US government’s stance on landmines, distancing itself from the unilateral tone of Bush-era policy. 137 more words


Four Takeaways from the Maputo Conference on a Mine-Free World

States, advocates and survivors came together in the Mozambican capitol of Maputo to review the progress of the Mine Ban Treaty after 15 years of implementation and agree upon an agenda for the next five years. 1,509 more words