Middle East

June 2, 2009

Iraq halts clearing landmines even as huge toll keeps rising

To the dismay of international relief organizations, the Ministry of Defense halted all mine-clearing operations last December, fearing that villagers were selling harvested explosives to Iraq's many insurgents. Now one Iraqi a day is thought to be killed or maimed by a mine, though most casualties go unreported and untreated by the failing national health system.

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