U.S. Pressured Serbia to Not Aid Syria in De-Mining Efforts

Oct 25, 2017

As ISIS has retreated from Syria, the terrorist group has left thousands of mines in Syria. As people return to their homes in Syria, there is a high risk that people will maimed and killed by mines. The United Nations estimates 600,000 Syrians “have returned to areas liberated by the Syrian government . . .” Already people several people have been killed or had limbs amputated as a result of mines. Months ago, the Serbian government announced that “it would participate in the de-mining efforts in Syria in a manner that would have Serbian forces coordinating with Russians.” Apparently that did not sit well with the U.S. government. Embassy spokesman Eric Heyden said, “In the last six months, in our numerous conversations with the leadership of the Ministry of Defense and the VS General Staff, the US government received multiple assurances that this story is incorrect.” Heyden reminded Serbia that it had received more than $20 million in aid and training from the American government for de-mining efforts in Serbia.