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Saturday, July 05, 2003

:: More unexploded bomb info ::
As a follow up to an earlier posting about the Mines Advisory Group's report of unexploded bombs + landmines causing numerous civilian deaths + casualties in Iraq, Earth-Info.Net is trying to find out what institutions + protocols the US military has to clean up it's unexploded ordnance...

So far I have found out that the United States Army Environmental Center is responsible for ensuring that firing ranges within the US remain safe + cost-effective to use, although their links page doesn't appear to mention who is responsible for cleaning up overseas/post-conflict US munitions?

The UN's Humanitarian Information Centre in Iraq is more useful in this regard as it mentions the humanitarian assistance provided by the Regional Mine Action Center (RMAC) and summarises activities within Iraq's mine clearance sector...

If you are interested in finding out more about the issues surrounding unexploded ordnance Earth-Info.Net recommends the news summary produced by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

You might also want to sign Landmine Action's petition which is calling for combatants to clean up their unexploded bombs + landmines once the fighting is over.