Though the fighting in Raqqa may have stopped, the deaths haven’t. Unexploded landmines, traps, and other explosives litter the region in the wake of the Islamic State’s defeat. Kimberly Metcalf gives a personal account of her time working for the U.S. Government against the Islamic State, detailing the degree of threat posed by these ordnances.

Read her argument for the prioritization of explosive removal in Raqqa, here!