Iraqi police in Baghdad announced the beginning of a security campaign to clear mines and explosive ordinance in agricultural fields near Baghdad, officials said Wednesday (February 8th).
The fields, located on the northern and southern outskirts of Baghdad, are being cleared in preparation for future cultivation.
Lt. Col. Mushtaq Talib, a Baghdad police spokesperson, told Al-Shorfa that security forces who specialise in dismantling mines and teams from the ministries of environment and agriculture are participating in the effort.
He said the campaign started in Abu Ghraib, al-Tarmiya, al-Latifiya, al-Mahmoudia and al-Radhwaniya, where old landmines left by the former regime and terrorists frequently kill and wound shepherds and farmers.
Col. Ali Muhsin, commander of the engineering unit in the Iraqi army's 6th Division, said the operation would continue for 20 days, and the goal is to clear agricultural areas of mines and hand them over again to farmers to grow corps.