As ISIS caliphate shrinks it continues to be a menace. They have booby-trapped many building when they retreated from Mosul and the Nineveh plains. The Iraqi government desperately wants to have civilians return to normal activities so that they can return the rule of law, but continue to be thwarted by the makeshift bombs and mines that ISIS left behind. These explosives have taken the lives of 1700 people. While some have waited for Iraqi officials to clear out towns of the explosives, others have taken it upon themselves to do so. If the explosives are not completely removed they will continue to inhibit the return to normality and will prevent people from returning home.
07/30/2017 Iraq (Yahoo News) – As people return home to Mosul and other areas of northern Iraq freed from Islamic State, homemade bombs and explosives laid on an industrial scale by the insurgents are claiming hundreds of victims and hampering efforts to bring life back to normal.
Houses, schools, mosques and streets are all booby-trapped, a big problem in West Mosul following its recapture by government forces this month after nine months of fighting.
Beyond Mosul, in villages and fields stretching from the Plain of Nineveh to the Kurdish autonomous region, retreating Islamic State fighters have sown a vast area with improvised bombs and mines as their self-proclaimed caliphate shrinks.
“The scale of contamination? There are kilome tres and kilometres and kilometres of active devices, sensitive enough to be detonated by a child and powerful enough to blow up a truck,” Craig McInally, operations manager for Norwegian People’s Aid anti-explosives project, said.
While mines are usually laid in rows in open ground, improvised explosives in buildings are wired into household appliances such as fridges, heaters and televisions, primed to explode at the flick of a switch or an opened door, experts say.