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Ordnance Expert on Taliban IEDs

U.S. Marines in Helmand province and coalition forces in many parts of Afghanistan face a growing threat from improvised explosive devices laid by Taliban fighters. An ordnance expert explains why the bombs are so lethal.

By Ann Scott Tyson  |  July 21, 2009; 5:44 PM ET
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Posted by: ThunderRun | July 22, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

USA and Nato Forces are fighting with Taliban who represent criminal segment of the region and who get financial, tactical and weapon support from Nazis, Communists and Iranians.

Posted by: shahjahanbhatti1 | July 22, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

It is good to have Ann Scott Tyson reporting from Afganistan with the Marines. I have admired Ms Tyson's reporting from Iraq. I greatly admire the Marines and hope for their success in carrying out the new strategy of protecting Afgans from the Taliban.

Posted by: jsteb1 | July 22, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

How about some actual DOD accountability for increasingly lethal IED attacks?

As I recall, Congress (at the behest of Rummy/Bushies) authorized $6.5 Billion to counter IED attacks. Shouldn't Americans expect rather dramatic and effective results from that huge amount of (taxpayer) investment in protecting our troops?

P.S. Don't think of it as "only" $6.5 billion; rather think of it as six thousand five hundred (6,500) expenditures of $1 million each!

Posted by: jerswing | July 23, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

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