13 Jun. 2009
PR# 2009-423

Counter-IED training lane opens in Uruzgan

KABUL, Afghanistan - Officials opened a Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) training lane with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Camp Holland in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan province, June 11.

The lane is part of an IED training program for both International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Afghan National Security Force (ANSF) troops.  Working in the lane will increase ISAF and ANSF skills in the detection of IEDs and help to reduce the number of casualties caused by the devices. 

Constructed by Dutch engineers and the Australian Mentoring Reconstruction Task Force (MRTF), the lane consists of a road in which instructors plant fake IEDs, or “practice-bombs,” in order to help troops increase their IED-awareness. The first training course commenced the day of the official opening.

Insurgents use IEDs to target security forces throughout Afghanistan. It is, however, innocent Afghan civilians who are most often killed and injured by IEDs.

In fact, eighty percent of all civilian casualties are caused by the insurgents. 

Importantly, the addition of this vital equipment will help to significantly reduce the number of Afghan, ISAF and local security force casualties caused by IEDs.

ISAF warns all Afghans to not approach IEDs, and to inform security forces of IED locations. We also encourage Afghans to contact the government authorities with any information regarding insurgents who place IEDs.

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
Tel: +93 (0)799 51 1155 - Mobile: 0093 (0) 799 55 8291 pressoffice@hq.isaf.nato.int - www.nato.int/isaf/