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The troops who wear the bomb-proof suits

An inside look at diffusing IEDs on the front-lines of war


 

Consider it the real life Hurt Locker. In a schoolyard in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, NATO’s frontline troops spend their days diffusing bombs—a tireless pursuit that’s far more gritty than the Hollywood version. As EOD commander, Technical Sergeant Neil Newma, told the London Times, the school has become a battleground. “We want to open the school and they don’t want us in there—it’s as simple as that,” he says. “It boils down to the counter-insurgency thing. If I had my way I’d blow the whole school. One day our luck will run out.”

London Times


 
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