NSPA contract leads IED clearance training for Iraqi security forces

24 May 2016

An NSPA-led project is delivering training to help Iraqi forces rid their country of Improvised Explosive Devices.

The training funded under the auspices of the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) project includes specialist technical training and the provision of specialist search equipment to enable Iraqi security forces to carry out this hazardous work. These counter IED operations will support humanitarian activities to enable displaced populations to return safely to their homes.

On 1 May 2016 the first group of 24 members of Iraq’s national security forces began a NATO-provided training course at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Centre (KASOTC) in Amman, Jordan. The first five weeks covers IED clearance techniques  and is followed by an additional two weeks of “Train the Trainer” training to enable the newly–acquired skills to be shared with other Iraqi security forces.

The project, which was implemented by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency’s General and Cooperative Services Programme was executed under extremely tight timelines, and resulted from recommendations made during a Partnerships and Cooperative Security Committee (PCSC) fact-finding mission to Baghdad, in December 2015, and a follow-on meeting at HQ NATO with Iraqi senior representatives in January 2016. The contract was awarded by NSPA on 25 April and instructors deployed a few days later to Amman to begin the training.

Iraqi students receiving basic explosives handling training