“Afghanistan’s Hurt Locker: Facing off with IEDs” describes the challenge of finding and disposing of IEDs in Afghanistan. Although this is a respectable attempt to provide a detailed set of reports, the story is much bigger and even more nuanced. It’s a good place to start.

“Before any unit from TF Thor leaves a base, they do a mission brief.

The soldiers gather together, and they talk about where they might get attacked, and what to do if they are. Then, they say a prayer.

“We are grateful that God has watched over us, and we ask him to guide us … and to keep us safe,” one soldier said before the night mission. A truck’s headlights illuminated the faces of the unit’s soldiers surrounding him.” [via GlobalPost]


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