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U.S. plans to curb land mines, join global treaty

By The Associated Press

This article was published June 27, 2014 at 11:03 a.m.

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This Oct. 9, 2003, file photo shows soldiers from the U.S. Army's 720th Military Police Battalion watching as a mine sweeper look for weapons in a hole they dug during a raid on a farmland just outside Tikrit, Iraq.

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced Friday that the United States will no longer produce or acquire anti-personnel land mines and plans to join an international treaty banning their use.

Human-rights advocates have long pushed the United States to join 161 other nations in signing the 15-year-old Ottawa Convention, which prohibits the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of the mines. President Bill Clinton had a goal of joining the treaty, but the Bush administration pulled back amid objections from military leaders.

Obama ordered up a review of the U.S. policy when he came to office five years ago, and a U.S. delegation to a conference in Maputo, Mozambique, announced the result Friday.

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BigA says... June 27, 2014 at 12:26 p.m.

So... no more claymore mines? I wonder what kind of commander would give up such a powerful defensive tool? I know... Benedict Arnold.

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