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Kurdish Security Forces/Peshmerga

peshmergaLocation: Kurdistan, Iraq

Type: Military

Given the threat the Kurds face from groups such as ISIS and their IED use. It has been important for Kurdish Security Forces to increase their understanding of, and to implement, C-IED tactics.

The UK have trained over 2,170 members of the Kurdish Security Forces in C-IED tactics and techniques.

In June 2015 the UK Government gifted the Kurdish Security Forces 1000 C-IED VALLON detectors. This supply of training and equipment to the Kurdish Security Forces has enabled them to stem the threat IEDs pose. Recently Kurdish forces were responsible for detecting and defeating 60 IEDs. A further 300 were avoided in a single village.

The Kurdish Security Forces have played a large role in fighting ISIS in Iraq particularly around the Kurdish, which itself can aid in C-IED. Additionally, the Kurdish Security Forces have also been coordinating their intelligence efforts with the US, which has significantly helped US with their counter-terrorism efforts in Iraq – an element that may help in countering IEDs also.

The Kurdish Security Forces are also receiving assistance from Australian forces as well as the US in regard to C-IED training and assistance. Finnish forces too, have provided specialist units from Finland’s armed forces that are deployed to Iraq are already well-trained in IED detection and counter-prevention measures

The mission unit from Finland are said to be equipped with protective equipment, detectors, and other lifesaving materials, including armored vehicles – all of which can be essential to C-IED work.

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.