Friday, September 17, 2010

Killing The Enemy When they Are Planting IEDs

Enemies Killed While Planting The Bombs -- Washington Times

In a shift in tactics, the U.S. military in Afghanistan plans to rely more on old-fashioned surveillance, as compared with new-age technology, to stop the biggest killer of American service members in the field.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, a Marine Corps veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, said he was informed by the Pentagon in recent weeks that the command is building up a special task force to defeat improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Task Force ODIN (Observe, Detect, Identify, Neutralize) is designed to constantly watch troop and convoy routes to catch the enemy planting IEDs, which account for more than 50 percent of U.S. fatalities in Afghanistan.

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My Comment: This is the best tactic in countering IEDs. Spotters and snipers hidden for days in vulnerable spots provide the best strategy in picking off Taliban IED teams when they are planting their explosives.

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