Iraq: Mine detection dogs arrive in Chamchamal

Mine detection dogs will soon be used to assist in MAG's mine clearance activities in Iraq.

In partnership with the Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI), the Mine Detection Dog Centre and the Global Training Academy - and funded jointly by the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement, US Department of State and MLI - the dogs are currently undergoing a comprehensive training programme at MAG's Chamchamal operations base.

Three experienced teams from Bosnia have been deployed to the region for an initial period of one year. Each team contains a dog and its handler, while a team leader supervises and coordinates overall mine detection dog operations in Chamchamal.

Mine detection dogs will make a valuable contribution to the safe and efficient clearance of mines which will result in significant areas of safe land being handed back to communities.