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Three decades of armed conflict has left Afghanistan heavily contaminated with mines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW).Although much progress has been made towards the clearance of legacy mines, armed opposition groups have been moving away from conventional mines and other explosive ordnance, and are increasingly using homemade explosives and improvised devices.
This article outlines HALO's work in Afghanistan related to mine disposal, other explosive ordnance, explosive source material and weapons to protect the civilian population.
Ahead of his participation in the Countering Explosive Threat and Demining Conference, we spoke to Colonel Zac Scott, Head of the British Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search Branch (DEODS) to discuss the work of UK EOD & Search since withdrawing from Afghanistan, and how the relationship between the military EOD & Search and civilian EOD agencies is evolving the face of a persistent explosive threat.
57 states are now confirmed to be affected by landmines and 2016 saw 19,246 deaths and injuries as a result of IEDs globally, of which 74% were reported to be civilians.
This report analyses the extent of landmine contamination for a number of nations where data is available, and also looks at the number of deaths and injury’s related to IEDs. With exclusive insights from Colonel (ret.) Rob Hyde Bales, Consulting Editor, Counter-IED Report, this piece also includes three case studies for countries where landmines are a prevalent issue: Afghanistan, Colombia and Ukraine.
Landmines and unexploded ordnance have taken a heavy human toll in eastern Ukraine, causing at least 1,929 casualties since the start of the conflict.
This exclusive content piece provided by The HALO Trust explores the problem of landmines in the Ukraine and gives an overview of the latest survey and clearance activities that HALO are carrying out in the nation.
Colombia continues to be one of the most mine-affected countries in the world and has over 11,500 registered landmine victims. This exclusive content piece provided by The HALO Trust explores the problem of landmines in Colombia and gives an overview of the latest survey and clearance activities that HALO are carrying out in the nation.
The number of casualties and injuries resulting from IEDs is currently decreasing in countries under the U.S Central Command's authority, but steadily increasing in Afghanistan. Cheap, unpredictable, and extremely lethal, IEDs quickly became the weapon of choice for insurgents during the Afghan war.
Earlier this year, we put together this report on the three lessons we can learn from the ongoing IED threat in Afghanistan.