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CSTC-A C-IED Directorate

CTSC C-IED Directorate

Location: Kabul

The Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan Counter-IED Directorate is a Kabul-based team of coalition service members, Department of Defense civilians and contractors at Resolute Support Headquarters. The C-IED directorate trains, advises and assists Afghan National Defense and Security Forces on how to identify and disarm IEDs and UXOs and collect evidence following detonation. It also brings awareness directly to civilians. It has teamed up with the UN Mine Action Coordination Center of Afghanistan, Afghan Security Institutions’ Counter-IED officers and the Ministry of Education to spread IED awareness techniques to as many Afghan children as possible. The C-IED Directorate also produces handouts, radio and television PSAs and billboards in Dari, Pashto and English to reach civilians and educate them on IED awareness.

This summer, 123 child protection officers and teachers from all 34 provinces converged in Kabul for a four-day seminar. They learned about the newest IED technology, what to look for and how to use the 119 Emergency Services Call Center for reporting. Each graduate received hand outs, posters and discs that will help them train 5,074 teachers throughout Afghanistan, who will in turn teach their students IED and UXO safety.

In April 2014, the C-IED Directorate launched the Improvised Explosive Device Analysis Course. This trains ANA Soldiers how to collect and analyse information from IEDs. The course lasts ten days, and aim to see the trainees return to their home forces and train them in turn. The instructors use practical exercises throughout the course to increase the retention of lessons by the students. After graduating, the students should be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics of an IED
  • The local tactics for employing, transporting, storing, and making IEDs
  • Understand the reporting process
  • Understand how the intelligence cycle supports analysis of IED threat data
  • Be able to produce an IED threat product briefing slide

This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.