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NATO to Launch Biometrics Project in Joint Effort Against IEDs


Netherlands is taking a lead in a new NATO Biometrics Project against improvised explosive devices (IED).

Using biometrics, NATO will be able to identify individuals or organizations that used IEDs in their attacks on NATO forces in Afghanistan.  Fingerprints left behind on IEDs can help track down the bomb makers.

Joining Netherlands in this endeavor are Denmark and United States, while pledges to join have been made by eight other NATO members.

At the recent NATO summit in Chicago, Dutch Defense Minister Hans Hillen noted that the Netherlands lost 12 soldiers because of IED attacks.

Will biometrics be able to deter IED attacks?

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