- Netherlands draws a million for mine clearance in the Iraqi city of Mosul. The city is now in the hands of Islamic State, but is surrounded by Iraqi and Kurdish forces. They expect fierce resistance from IS, and after a possible withdrawal of the extremists on countless booby traps and mines.
Many residents of Mosul, the northern Iraqi city and fled the siege now started taking their number is expected to keep growing. Netherlands wants to prevent citizens when they return home after the recapture of Mosul are victims of the explosives left behind by IS.
Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs therefore promised Thursday during an international summit in Paris an extra gift. Netherlands withdrew earlier 10 million for mine clearance elsewhere in Iraq.