Iraq is very heavily contaminated with anti-personnel mines and cluster munition remnants

Cluster Munition Remnants

Anti-Personnel Mines
  • Article 4 deadline

    1 November 2023

  • Performance


Performance Indicator Score
Problem understood 6
Target date for completion of clearance 3
Targeted clearance 5
Efficient clearance 6
National funding of programme 5
Timely clearance 4
Land release system in place 6
National mine action standards 5
Reporting on progress 5
Improving performance 5
Performance score 5.0

Performance Commentary

The mine action priority for authorities in Kurdish areas and the centre/south of Iraq is clearance of areas recaptured from Islamic State, but planning, survey, and clearance of cluster munition remnant (CMR)-affected areas in southern Iraq started to gain momentum in 2017.



Recommendations for Action

  • Iraq should draw up a strategic plan setting priorities and milestones for tackling CMR contamination and fulfilling its treaty obligations.
  • Iraq should work with operators to develop national standards for CMR survey and clearance.
  • Iraq should publish regular comprehensive reports on mine action undertaken by state, commercial, and non-governmental organisations.
  • Mine action authorities should work to ensure their information management capacities are capable of accurately recording contamination and clearance.
  • The Department of Mine Action (DMA) should expedite accreditation for mine action organisations and visas for personnel to avoid delays and loss of working time.



Download the full 2018 report for Iraq

Click here to download the full "Clearing Cluster Munition Remnants 2018" report for Iraq.