2018 To Walk the Earth in Safety: Syria

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

DOS NADR - CWD 8,000 9,510 38,000 56,060
COUNTRY TOTAL 8,000 9,510 38,000 56,060

Dollars in thousands


The Syrian civil war (2011–present) and the rise of ISIS have resulted in massive contamination of explosive hazards, from traditional landmines and ERW to highly complex IEDs. While no country-wide survey has been conducted, mine action and humanitarian organizations believe it is one of the most contaminated countries in the world.

From 2015 to 2017, the Department of State, in coordination with the Coalition to Defeat ISIS, provided CWD assistance to areas liberated from ISIS in north east Syria. Clearance operations are essential for the safe return of IDPs whose homes and essential services have been targeted with explosive devices left by ISIS. In addition to clearance activities, MRE programs teach civilians and returnees how to identify and respond if they encounter explosive hazards in their communities.