Janus Clears 1,200+ Mines in Iraq, Opens Land for Farming & Housing (Video)

In a world where regional instability and violent extremism grow, and the nature of security and risk constantly changes, Janus Global Operations (JGO) is an indispensable leader that offers integrated stability operations support to the world’s largest government and commercial organizations.

JGO explosives detection teams, operating as Sterling Global Operations, cleared 1,246 landmines and other unexploded ordnance in a just-completed project for the Iraqi-Kurdistan Mine Action Agency (IKMAA).

The work took place in the Erbil, Duhok, and Sulaymaniyah provinces of Kurdistan, Iraq.

The project cleared more than 655,000 square meters of land, which has been turned over to local Kurdish government control. It will now be used for farming and housing.

(Learn More, courtesy of Kurdistan24 and YouTube)

A total of 243 local national employees, trained and supervised by Sterling demining professionals, were engaged in the demining work.

“We were proud to work with IKMAA for this project, and its completion means that civilians who enter into these areas are no longer in mortal danger, and what was once inaccessible land will now be used for farming and homes will be built on it,” said Alan Weakley, JGO president and chief operating officer.

Alan Weakley, JGO president and chief operating officer
Alan Weakley, JGO president and chief operating officer

Kurdistan is working hard to overcome decades of combat that affected much of its territory. IKMAA is known and respected for its work, which is rebuilding the region’s safety and future.”

Kurdish officials held a Nov. 22 ceremony to accept the previously explosives-contaminated land, now ready for productive use.

Among Kurdish officials present were: Muhammad Ahmed, head of IKMAA; Jamal Jalal, director of Erbil Mine Action Center (EMAC); Ahmed Qadir Sor, district mayor; and Maj. Khild Hussein (Police).

(Learn More, courtesy of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and YouTube)

Some 50 people attended the ceremony, including Paul Lane, Sterling country manager and director of operations, which was covered by the Iraqi and Kurdish news media.  Lane also participated in the official land release signing ceremony.

Janus Global Operations’ (JGO)

Janus Global Operations’ (JGO), the world’s largest demining company, works globally to eliminate threats posed by landmines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), bombs, artillery shells, and other unexploded ordnance.

The company employs thousands of people worldwide. Its client services include risk management, munitions management, demining and mitigation of unexploded ordnance, intelligence support, logistics, communications, life support, and other services, often in some of the world’s most difficult environments.