Returnees To Kobani Face Threat From Booby Traps, Unexploded Ordnance

The Islamic State (IS) group may be have been expelled from their town, but Syrian Kurds returning home to Kobani are still facing a deadly challenge from the extremist militants: unexploded ordnance and booby traps left behind in civilian homes.

Fighters from the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militias, backed by U.S.-led air strikes and assisted by Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga militiamen, pushed Islamic militants out of Kobani in January.

  • Barrington Minge

    Yep, war is hell….

  • ntt1

    In any cursory reading of middle east archeology you find stories of “tells”; raised mounds of debris that have seen repeated rebuild and destruction until the cities sit several meters higher than the surrounding country side. the archeological record is preserved like a layer cake, here is a great example of how this is created, costs of rubble removal preclude clearing like London or Berlin so the next option is to find a level-ish area and rebuild until the next wave of Islamic demolition.