Reference : V-P-AF-E-00970
Date : 21/10/2007
Country/Region : AFGHANISTAN
Caption : Baghram airbase, 60 km north of Kabul. Afghan deminer from ATC (Afghan Technical Consultants) while US soldiers stand guard.
Photographer : KOKIC, Marko
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : The airbase is contaminated by several generations of mines and other explosive devices. The Soviet occupation, the Taliban era and finally the US-led air strikes in 2001 have saturated this strategic military facility and the surrounding land.
Abdul Wali Karimi of Afghan Technical Consultants (ATC) explains, it has taken 10 months to clear less than two square kilometers of land. Amost 9,000 anti-personnel mines and saome 2,500 other explosive devices such as mortars and projectiles were unearthed during this time, and many more remain in the round.

Original material : digital
Resolution : 4992x3328
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour