Peshmerga Defused 3,000 ISIS Bombs

Peshmerga Defused 3,000 ISIS Bombs
Sat Dec 6, 2014 09:53:25

Kurdish Peshmerga forces have cleared as many as 3,000 bombs in the areas they liberated from the ISIS group, a military official told Asharq Al-Awsat.

“The Peshmerga have disabled more than 3,000 bombs on frontlines, cities and houses in the areas it recaptured from ISIS,” commander of the Peshmerga military engineering unit Maj. Gen. Mohamed Hussein told.

The terrorist group has taken to booby-trapping streets and buildings in areas they control as a strategy in case they are forced to withdraw. The tactic has proven successful in stemming the advance of the Peshmerga forces who lack the necessary equipment to deal with planted bombs.

“Our forces rely on their own resources in order to fulfill their duties,” the official said, highlighting the lack of equipment for detecting and defusing bombs.

“Seventy percent of the casualties of the war on ISIS have been caused by exploding bombs ISIS have planted,” military expert and retired Kurdish officer Salah Al-Fili told.

“Peshmerga forces do not have modern equipment to detect and dismantle mines and the ones that we received from Europe are few and unsophisticated,” he said.

Because of the lack of equipment, Peshmerga fighters often find themselves forced to bypass certain areas in order to avoid the bombs.

“Explosive devices pose a risk to the Peshmerga forces and civilians in all liberated areas and represent the greatest challenge in the war,” director of Iraqi Kurdistan Mine Action Agency (IKMAA) Siraj Barzani told Asharq Al-Awsat.

“Training our forces on dismantling and defusing explosive devices are among the significant pillars of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s strategy in fighting terror,” the official added.

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