Posted on November 15, 2018
Dave Parker, who served for 24 years, is working for the United Nations Mine Action Service. The UK has been one of the biggest supporters of the initiative since 2015, spending more than £14 million for explosive hazard and risk management through the Conflict Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) and Department for International Development (DFID). DFID has committed to triple global spending on mine action to £100m over two years. Mr Parker says he believes the UN will be in Iraq for an “extremely long time: The scale of the problem out here is pretty phenomenal really,” Mr Parker told Forces News. “The areas where we’re working were former, sort of, frontline areas and just the ensuing battle between the Islamic State and the Iraqi Security Forces left lots of unexploded ornaments lying around. When Islamic State withdrew from its major cities,” he added, “it left loads of improvised IEDs behind to capture people coming back in.” These devices can be found anywhere but many are placed where returning security forces might set them off.