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Canadian troops train to counter IEDs

SUFFIELD, Alberta, May 11 (UPI) -- Canadian troops recently conducted an exercise with realistic improvised explosive device detonations in a move to better counter the threat on deployments.

Canadian army troops from Task Force 3-09 were part of a 10-hour training simulation Sunday involving a real blast using Composition 4 explosives in Alberta, the Canadian Department of National Defense reported.

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The exercise, called Desert Ram, was designed to offer troops a hands-on experience with IEDs, which are widely deployed by militants in combat zones like Afghanistan. Officials said that in addition to the C4 explosion simulation, Desert Ram consisted of methods and techniques for identifying IEDs and ways to support potential casualties.

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