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Tripartite (United States, Afghanistan, and Pakistan) Counter-IED Working Group

Type: Military

The tripartite is composed of senior military and diplomatic representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Coalition Forces in Afghanistan, and NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). The Tripartite CIED Working Group is one arm of the Tripartite Commission.

They engage frequently in counter-IED information exchange between US, Afghan and Pakistani military representatives. The information exchange has already resulted in significant improvements in cooperation and has seen greater operational successes and the saving of numerous Afghan civilian lives.

Recently, the working group also proposed that a common database be developed to aid in the fight against IEDs.

The group has also begun efforts to engage civilians in awareness as it is most often civilians that will come across an IED – being able to spot it and report it would contribute greatly to the avoidance of civilian harm.

There have been efforts to improve border security between Afghanistan and Pakistan as well, in order to improve security and target terrorist and IED materials trying to pass between the states.

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.