The Pentagon’s Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (Jieddo) has spent more than $21 billion since its inception in 2006 in an all-out effort to counter the roadside bombs and homemade land mines that have proven to be the most deadly weapons used against American and NATO forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. While the threat in Afghanistan continues to rise, the rate of IED attacks in Iraq has fallen off a cliff — though it is far from being defeated. With the U.S. military ...


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