The German Army has opened a new improvised explosive device (IED) information and research centre at Boeselager Army Base in Grafschaft.

The new research centre, called Counter IED, is designed to protect German forces against Taliban-planted IEDs in Afghanistan, according to

The centre will investigate the technology behind IEDs, and create new methods for detecting and defusing them to provide new and effective counter-IED strategies.

German troops in Afghanistan will be able to contact counter-IED specialists at the centre to get immediate advice if they discover an IED in the field.

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