Wednesday, July 13, 2011

British, US train Afghan forces in IED detection

British and US forces train Afghan forces in IED detection

Counter-improvised explosive device instructor Lance Corporal Gaz Selby, from Barnsley, demonstrates basic victim-activated improvised explosive devices to Afghan National Security Forces trainees at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province
[Picture: Petty Officer 1st Class Gino Flores, US Navy/ISAF 2011]

A Military Operations news article

12 Jul 11

International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) instructors are teaching members of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) the fundamentals of identifying and countering improvised explosive devices on a new course at Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province.

The Explosive Hazard Reduction (EHR) course at Joint Sustainment Academy Southwest (JSAS), based at Camp Leatherneck, the US Marines camp adjacent to Camp Bastion, prepares members of the Afghan National Army (ANA), uniformed police and border police to operate in a partnership role with coalition forces when IEDs are encountered. It also teaches the basics of insurgent IED tactics and how to handle and eliminate unexploded ordnance and munitions.

On the course, students learn to locate, identify and disarm victim-operated IEDs, such as pressure plate and trip wire devices.

Another of the course's aims is to teach ANSF personnel to perform searches alongside coalition units:

"We teach them how to spot the IEDs, place a charge next to it, and then how to blow them up," said US Senior Chief Petty Officer Ronald Ameika, an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technician and instructor at JSAS....

Much more here.

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