Middle East matters

The lethal legacy of landmines in Iraq

According to the United Nations, Iraq is the fifth most mined country in the world, with 59 landmines per square mile. One organisation, Nadia's Initiative, is pushing for the removal of the explosives and booby traps in Sinjar province, a region located on the Turkish-Iraqi border. We speak to the foundation's co-executive director, Elizabeth Schaeffer-Brown, for more on the demining operations.


Back in 2015, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was in trouble, with his forces losing ground. But now Syria's regime - backed by long-standing allies Russia, Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah - is getting a tighter grip over the territory that it had lost to rebels. And in the eyes of the international community, Assad has emerged somewhat victorious, as there's no viable alternative to his rule.

Today, Syria has regained over 90 percent of its territory from the Islamic State group, but has been left littered with unexploded booby traps. For some of the civilians returning to their homes, tragedy awaits.

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