ISAF raises Afghan awareness of IEDs and UXOs

Release # 2007-337

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) provided a detailed technical briefing on improvised explosive devices (IED) and unexploded ordnance (UXO) to the local media 22 April to enable the public to counter future IED attacks.

The purpose of the briefing was to raise the local population's awareness of what IEDs and UXOs look like, the dangers they present and what to do if they spot them.

ISAF members stressed the importance of never touching or disturbing IEDs and UXOs and to immediately report such findings to local Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) or ISAF.

ISAF has significantly eroded Taliban extremist forces in the south since the beginning of Operation Achilles. This may result in the enemy launching indiscriminate attacks in the region. Taliban extremists resort to these tactics as they know they cannot defeat ISAF and ANSF in conventional battle.

On 20 April, ISAF troops were called to the rescue of three children, ages 4, 6 and 7, who disturbed a UXO. They suffered wounds to their lower limbs and abdomen when the ordnance detonated in Zabul province.

"This was a tragic accident which highlights the dangers posed by UXOs and IEDs planted by Taliban extremists", said Lt. Col. Stephane Grenier, Regional Command-South spokesperson. "This media awareness session will hopefully result in increasing awareness of the dangers that UXOs and IEDs present and help prevent such tragedies in the future."

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