The Iraqi Mine/UXO Clearance Organization (IMCO) is a national nongovernmental demining organization. The members are fully trained and equipped to international humanitarian mine action standards.
In Iraq there are many forms of landmines, unexploded ordnance, and other explosive remnants of war that litter the countryside.
IMCO workers perform manual and mine detection dog-supported demining operations, battle area clearance, reconnaissance of suspected hazardous areas, and UXO/landmine survey and technical site survey missions.
IMCO has performed a variety of clearance projects throughout central and southern Iraq since September 2003.
IMCO members work daily to eliminate the threats to the lives of the citizens of Iraq posed by IEDs and UXO.
The types of work carried out by IMCO include:
- Mine Risk Education
- Clearance and Detection
- Quality Assurance
As a result of clearance operations, IMCO returned over 2.5 million square meters of land to local communities. The IMCO also recieved a delivery of a MineWolf 370 mechanical machine from the US in the hope that their important work would be accelerated.
This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.
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