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About Left of Boom: The Fight Against Roadside Bombs

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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Beginning today and continuing through Wednesday, 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.

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Rick Atkinson is a Washington Post reporter on leave to write a three-volume history of World War II. The second volume, "The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944," was published today. The first volume, "An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943," published in 2002, won the Pulitzer Prize for history. He has written three other books about the U.S. military.

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