Friday, December 7, 2007
Left of Boom series - Rick Atkinson
About this series: From the Washington Post Website: "...staff writer Rick Atkinson describes the effort by the U.S. military to combat the improvised explosive devices used by insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq from 2002 until now. Part one describes the effort through the summer of 2004. The series is drawn from more than 140 interviews over the past six months with military and congressional officials, contractors, scientists and defense analysts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Washington and elsewhere. Most agreed to speak candidly only on the condition of anonymity. Ten senior officers or retired officers, each of them intimately involved in the effort to combat IEDs, were asked to review the findings for accuracy and security considerations." Part 1 - Summer 2002 - Summer 2004 "The IED problem is getting out of control. We've got to stop the bleeding." Part 2 - Summer 2004 - Summer 2005 "There was a two-year learning curve . . . and a lot of people died in those two years" Part 3 - Spring 2005 - Summer 2006 "You can't armor your way out of this problem" Part 4 - Spring 2006 - Summer 2007 "If you don't go after the network, you're never going to stop these guys. Never."
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