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Soldiers Discover, Neutralize IEDs in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2005 – Coalition forces discovered and neutralized four improvised explosive devices June 24(in Afghanistan, Combined Forces Afghanistan officials reported today.

The devices were discovered as coalition forces maneuvered across the country. Two of the IEDs were confiscated, and explosive ordnance disposal personnel destroyed the others.

"Afghan and coalition forces routinely find these devices in Afghanistan," said Army Lt. Col. Jerry O'Hara, a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force 76. "Our forces are getting better at spotting the signs of their presence. ... (The IEDs) often are turned in to us by Afghans who are tired of the senseless violence that they cause."

According to O'Hara, the devices usually are placed and detonated by individuals with no real animosity toward coalition forces.

"We often find that the person who places the device or attempts to detonate it is motivated by nothing more than money or fear of reprisal against his loved ones if he refuses the terrorists' demands," he explained.

(From a Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news release.)

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