U.S. troops winning war against IEDs of Taliban

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U.S. troops winning war against IEDs of Taliban - Washington Times
The U.S. military is on a path toward significantly fewer battlefield deaths in Afghanistan this year because it has become better at detecting the No. 1 killer of U.S. troops: the improvised explosive device (IED).

With the 2009 surge forces leaving the country and Afghan troops preparing to take over more of the fighting, U.S. forces are averaging about 23 fatalities each month. That number would bring the death toll to about 276 this year, compared with 317 in 2009, 499 in 2010 and 418 last year, according to statistics compiled by icasualties.org.

"The threat is still there, no doubt about that, but there have been some improvements in detection and plenty of lessons learned," said Joe Kasper, spokesman for Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican and a House Armed Services Committee member.

The Pentagon has spent more than $200 million a year developing and deploying devices to detect roadside bombs as they are being put into place or when they lie buried ahead of U.S. foot patrols and convoys. Its Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), which is scheduled to receive $217 million in fiscal 2013, also has put more reliance on dogs to sniff out different types of IEDs.
 

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Good news, hopefully in future, this threat willbe less and less dangerous for troops.
 

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They have spent more than a thousand crores of rupees on IED but not made indian Army's northern command their Guru.Nowhere else in the world,they would get a better tutor on IEDs.
 

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WGE,

It is worth checking up as to how the IA avoids IEDs and detects the same.

Nonetheless, it is good that the US has made good progress in detecting the IEDs in Afghanistan.

These methods should become a part of the training of all US troops whether or not they are deployed in areas where there is an IED threat and should never be forgotten. They are lessons learnt in blood and death!
 

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