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The Baghdad Bomb Squad

Mark Palmer isn’t supposed to start work for another five hours. But someone has just reported a suspicious package in front of the Abu Ghraib prison, and the bomb disposal unit that the staff sergeant’s team is scheduled to relieve has a stalled Humvee – common in Baghdad’s scorching July heat. Palmer’s commander, head of the US Army’s 717th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, asks him to go check it out. “Sure thing,” Palmer says, reaching for his body armor. “Too easy.” Full Story

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