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Face shield for soldiers could shield brain, too

Face shield for soldiers could shield brain, too

MIT's rocket scientists have teamed up with a brain-injury expert in the military to show that a face shield could block much of the blast waves from roadside bombs, boosting protection for U.S. soldiers.

 

Cheap and deadly, homemade bombs plague Afghan roads

Cheap and deadly, homemade bombs plague Afghan roads

KANDAHAR (Reuters) - The signature weapon of the Iraq war has established itself as the Taliban's weapon of choice in Afghanistan as well, where roadside bombs have proven to be rudimentary and cheap -- but deadly as ever.

 

British Premier Visits Afghanistan

Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Great Britain is visiting his nation’s troops in Afghanistan and promising them 200 new patrol vehicles that can resist roadside bombs more effectively.

 

U.S. troop surge focuses attention on roadside bombs

U.S. troop surge focuses attention on roadside bombs

Explosive ordnance disposal troop commander Lt. Caroline Pollock squats by a culvert on a dusty training ground and looks at what appears to be a pile of harmless junk. A plastic jug. Some metal casing. Wiring. All the makings of deadly roadside bombs.

 

Number of US soldiers killed in Afghanistan doubles in 2009

Number of US soldiers killed in Afghanistan doubles in 2009

The year's tally was 319, compared with 155 in 2008, due mostly to the crude but ever larger and deadlier roadside bombs built by the Taliban.

 

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