Iraqi begin removing thousands of war leftovers from Kirkuk’s Hawija

Iraqi begin removing thousands of war leftovers from Kirkuk’s Hawija

Iraq's health and environment ministries said in a statement on Friday that their teams began removing 130.000 items left over by the war against the IS in Hawija, a former group stronghold southwest of Kirkuk.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Iraqi government teams have begun removing tens of thousands of war leftovers from the so-called Islamic State’s former bastion in Kirkuk province.

The health and environment ministries said in a statement on Friday that their teams began removing 130.000 items left over by the war against the IS in Hawija, a former group stronghold southwest of Kirkuk.

The process, carried out in cooperation with the military and police, comes in preparation for the return of refugees.

Iraqi forces declared victory over IS militants in December, ending a three-year-old campaign to bring down the group’s self-styled “caliphate” declared in 2014.

The government declared the recapture of Hawija in September.

Explosives planted by the group across its bastions in Iraq have caused deaths even after the liberation of those regions by the Iraqi forces.




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