‘I´m very happy that I´m attending this course. After this course I will go
to my unit and I will definetely share all the training I got here with other
guys who are in my unit,’ says 1st Lt. Mohammad Baqer, commander for Road
Clearance Company, 4th Kandak, 1st Brigade, 207th Corps in Herat Province.
Baqer is one of the Afghan soldiers who received their training from Italian
and American instructors of NATOs Train, Advise, Assist Command West (TAAC-W) in
Herat. The course lasted three weeks.
It focused on the different types of IED and constantly evolving tactics,
techniques and procedures. The course also aimed to train the trainers of the
future, thus Afghan soldiers carrying their knowledge further to their units.
‘The aim of this course
is to let the Afghan soldiers have autonomy on the training. They are starting
to understand from the first basic course for the counter IED what is the topic
and what is the threat. After that they have to start to train their unit in
complete autonomy,’ says 1st Lieutenant Giuseppe Vene, C-IED staff
officer and trainer with the Italian Army.
‘Everytime when we go on a mission,
especially on duty to different districts of different provinces in Afghanistan
we see and we face a lot of IEDs. So that means nowadays that the enemies are
using a lot of IEDs to try to affect the Afghan National Army and other
government agencies,’ says Baqer.
‘The Afghan National
Defence and Security Forces are proud to attend this kind of courses, they
understand the real threat of IEDs in Afghanistan.’ says Vene.
NATO remains committed to help Afghans in paving their way towards a
political settlement of the conflict.