Kurdish peshmerga fighters work on detonating land mines planted by ISIS fighters on the outskirts of Sinuni in Iraq.
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A massage belt, a PlayStation controller, a gold ring – it sounds like a gift list, but the items ISIS left in Iraq are rigged with explosives to kill."We have a list of 24 different types of devices they used in this area," said Darwish Mussa Ali, another explosives expert.He and his colleague Sydo are both from the Kurdish "asayesh" security service and are the only two experts tasked with clearing explosives from the entire northern side of Mount Sinjar, a 60-kilometer-long ridge near the Syrian border.In the first days after the northern side of Mount Sinjar was retaken, eight people were killed in three explosions, Sydo said.The Iraqi Kurdistan Mine Action Agency lost four of its staff in a blast during a clearing operation in the nearby Zumar area in October.IEDs are the leading cause of death among the more than 750 peshmerga killed since ISIS spearheaded a militant offensive that overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in June.
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