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Iraq Has Forced Army to Reorganize on the Go

Racing through crowded streets to the site of a car bomb, gunners atop the Humvees pivot side to side, scanning for threats. The drivers zigzag through underpasses, to make it hard for someone who might drop a grenade on the far side. Radios hiss as troops pass the word about suspicious items on the roadsides that could contain bombs. 2nd Lt. Leslie Waddle’s platoon is escorting bomb-disposal experts into some of Baghdad’s most dangerous neighborhoods. It’s not what they trained for. Yet they handle their mission with the attention to detail of combat veterans, which they now are. They’ve had the windows blasted out of their vehicles and driven into scenes of carnage draped with body parts. Full Story

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