01 May '17, 8pm

Fort Carson troops working with Iraqi, Syrian military to dispose of roadside bombs

Fort Carson troops working with Iraqi, Syrian military to dispose of roadside bombs

A Fort Carson bomb disposal unit is taking on a new mission overseas: Training Iraqis and Syrians to take care of Islamic State roadside bombs. Col. Frank Davis, who took over command of the 71st Ordnance Group last fall, said it's a change from the unit's usual mission of dealing with the explosives first-hand. But America's allies seem up to the job. "Our partners are absolutely in the lead," he said in a phone interview from Baghdad. Before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, bomb disposal troops were a small community that worked behind the scene. But insurgencies throughout the Middle East have picked low-tech bombs to attack their high-tech opponents, making bomb disposal a skill that's seen ever-increasing demand. Davis is leading Task Force Atlas, an all-star team of bomb disposal experts from around the military, to bring America's Iraqi and Syrian allies up to spee...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/fort-carson-troo...

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