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27 January 2009

New Drones Enlisted as Bomb-Fighters

from Danger Room by Noah Shachtman

Improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, killed 161 coalition troops in Afghanistan last year, and wounded another 722. That's more than double 2007's casualties. So the Pentagon's Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) is developing four drones to help discover who's behind the explosive traps. All four are supposed to be "fielded or tested this year," according to Inside Defense.

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