first published on January 8, 2019 by Josh
We’ve seen the Iraqi explosive ordinance disposal teams do some pretty awkward stuff in the past. In fact, some of the stuff we’ve seen them doing is indicative of a group of dudes who have never actually been trained to dispose of explosive ordinance at all. Often, footage of these “EOD teams” show a guy, or group of guys haphazardly digging up explosive devices like they’re uncovering mason jars full of food in the backyard, or rigging bombs to explode with zero meters of stand-off from the location of the controlled detonation.
Explosive Ordinance Disposal teams like this are dangerous. Not only to themselves, but also to the troops they are going out into the field to support and protect. Improvised Explosive Devices and un-exploded ordinance are an absolute normal thing in war-torn Iraq. That’s why it is imperative that the Iraqi military puts some training and funding into properly training the guys they are sending out to deal with these devices. Without proper training, the Iraqi Army ends up with dudes like this out in the field messing everything up and getting themselves killed.
Enter the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service School in Besmaya, Iraq. It’s here that students from the Iraqi Special Operations community familiarize themselves with proper Explosive Ordinance Disposal techniques under the constant supervision of coalition forces.
This school is the location of Special Operations Training for the Iraqi Army. It consists of three phases: Initial Entry Training, Special Operations Qualification, and Special Operations Advanced Training. It is during the Special Operations Advanced Training portion of the school that the students are familiarized with the proper techniques for removing explosive ordinance in a field environment. The objective of the school is to train Iraqi Special Operators who are capable and competent enough to secure the borders of Iraq, protect the local population, and attempt to return the war and terror-torn nation to some semblance of normalcy.
U.S. Marine Corps video by Sgt. Jonathon Wiederhold U.S. Army footage from Staff Sgt. Sarah Zaler. This footage has been cleared of all known personal and operational security violations and has been released to the general public by Operation Inherent Resolve.