28 Oct '15, 4am

Empowering Afghan Citizens to Counter IED Threats #ReturnToHope

Empowering Afghan Citizens to Counter IED Threats #ReturnToHope

KABUL, Afghanistan, September 4, 2015 — In the first six months of 2015, 22 percent of Afghan civilian casualties were caused by improvised explosive devices, according to a report by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. The Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan Counter-IED Directorate here is working to change that. The team of coalition service members, Defense Department civilians and contractors at Resolute Support Headquarters here, trains, advises and assists Afghan national defense and security forces on how to identify and disarm IEDs and unexploded ordnance and collect evidence following detonation. Helping Afghan Children The counter-IED staff also brings awareness directly to civilians. This year has been the most deadly to date for IED civilian casualties, and children continue to make up an alarming number of the deaths. This prompt...

Full article: http://www.defense.gov/News-Article-View/Article/616344/e...

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