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Afghanistan urges coalition forces to clear firing ranges from undetonated explosives

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Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmad Shah Ghanizadahttps://www.khaama.com
Ahmadshah Ghanizada is the deputy editor in chief for The Khaama Press Agency who manages and overlooks the English edition.

undetonated US explosives AfghanistanThe National Security Council (NSC) meeting chaired by President Hamid Karzai on Sunday discussed the issue of undetonated explosives left in cores of firing ranges vacated by coalition forces.

Afghan national security advisor was instructed to convey the concerns of the Afghan government to International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) officials so that immediate actions should be taken in coordination with the Afghan security forces to clear the areas from undetonated explosives.

According to reports, about 800 square miles of land have been littered with undetonated grenades, rockets and mortar shells after the coalition security forces vacated scores of firing ranges.

Dozens of children have been killed or injured due to unexploded ordnance and there are fears that the casualties would rise sharply as the pace of the incidents has been quickening.

The United Nations’ Mine Action Coordination Center of Afghanistan has recorded 70 casualties in and around U.S. or NATO firing ranges or bases since 2012.

The US military has removed only 3 percent of the territory covered by its sprawling ranges, officials quoted by Washington Post said.

US military officials have said they intend to clean up the firing ranges from undetonated explosives, which could take two to five years and cost around $250 million.

However, the officials have said that the funding has not yet been approved for the monumental effort.

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