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IEDs and Urban Clearance Variables in Mosul: Defining Complex Environments

More than any other post-conflict environment in Iraq, the complexity of west Mosul and its improvised explosive device (IED) threat challenges our fundamental perceptions and definitions of mine action. From here, 400 km north of Baghdad in the al-Maedan District on the west side of the Tigris River, ISIS ran its caliphate and made its ill-fated last stand against attacking Iraqi Security Forces (ISF).

Publication: The Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction. Issue 23.2

Publication date: July 2019

About the author: 

Mark Wilkinson, Ph.D, a UNMAS (Iraq) Explosive Hazard Management Team Lead, has twenty years of professional experience in military and humanitarian mine action. His academic background includes a master’s degree in global security and a Ph.D. in politics and international studies.