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 Criterion Score
Understanding of contamination (20% of overall score) 6
National ownership and programme management (10% of overall score) 6
Gender (10% of overall score) 6
Information management and reporting (10% of overall score) 5
Planning and tasking (10% of overall score) 6
Land release system (20% of overall score) 7
Land release outputs and Article 4 compliance (20% of overall score) 5
Performance score 5.9

Key Developments

Iraq appointed a new Directorate of Mine Action (DMA) director in September 2020 and a majority of the heads of key DMA departments also changed. Measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, including international airport closure, lockdowns, curfews, and visa restrictions, led to temporary suspension of operations and hampered movements of international staff in and out of the country while obstructing the deployment of survey and clearance teams. The amount of cluster munition-contaminated area released through survey and clearance declined for the second successive year.



Recommendations for Action

  • Iraq should provide timely and comprehensive reports on cluster munition remnants (CMR) survey and clearance, providing data disaggregated by operator and region for Federal Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).

  • The DMA and implementing partners should address and resolve persistent data inconsistencies in reported results of survey and clearance.

  • Iraq should provide an annual work plan setting out goals for CMR survey and clearance.

Download the full 2021 report for Iraq

Click here to download the full "Clearing Cluster Munition Remnants 2021" report for Iraq.