It’s called calcium ammonium nitrate, a substance with a Jekyll and Hyde nature. Used as a crop fertilizer, it helps feed people. But during the war against the Taliban, CAN produced in factories in Pakistan flowed into Afghanistan and became the primary ingredient in improvised explosive devices that killed or maimed hundreds of U.S. service members.Three years ago, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pennsylvania, set out to address the CAN issue and the growing number of IED casualties.He introduced Senate Resolution 570, which called for the governments of Pakistan, Afghanistan and other Central Asian countries to better regulate the manufacture, sale, transport and use of CAN to reduce its presence in Afghanistan.
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