Marine Corps opens facility to train troops to deal with IEDs

Camp Pendleton, CA - CAMP PENDLETON, CA (NBC) - The U.S. Marine Corps is debuting a new training facility directly related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to help troops identify and deal with improvised explosive devices.

This new $9 million training facility in Camp Pendleton is meant to make this feel like real war. The marines say roadside bombings are their biggest threat in Afghanistan right now.

But up until now, the training on how to deal with the IED has been very limited.

"You would be shocked at the lack of IED defeat training that takes place," said one Marine. "If you see all that grass matted on the side, that's a change in baseline."

It will also help marines and soldiers deal with a variety of other situations, from a variety of landscapes.

"Urban, rural, mixed village - it really gives that entire feel that a unit is going to feel when they deploy," one Marine said.

And when that day comes, they'll be able to steer clear of the danger that is so hard to see.

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