The IED war
As Nato forces shift their focus from operational engagement to operational preparedness in 2014, Chris Hunter looks at the evolution of explosive ordnance disposal tactics and technology over the last 13 years in Afghanistan
Rendering safe an improvised explosive device (IED) is often dirty, unpleasant and brutal work. One minute you’re dripping with sweat, the next you’re freezing with cold. You often won’t know precisely what is going on or where your adversary is; and you certainly won’t know what he is going to do next, or what his full capabilities are. Indeed, you often . . .