2 Work On A Way To Locate Iraqi Enemys Bomb Cache

COLLEGE PARK -- Army Capt. Paulo Shakarian took a crash course in the tactics of Iraqi insurgents during his second deployment to Iraq in 2006 and 2007. Now he's using that hard-won knowledge to develop a technology that might help fellow soldiers locate enemy bomb supplies before they can be used.

The West Point graduate worked with U.S. Special Forces and Iraqi security trainees near the city of Balad, north of Baghdad, to suppress waves of roadside bomb attacks on U.S. and Iraqi forces.

In one instance, he said, soldiers were trying to protect a road that was "constantly" experiencing attacks with improvised explosive devices, or IEDs.

"We knew the ... triggermen had to be able to see the vehicles," Shakarian said. "If you're waiting to blow up a guy, you've got to be hiding out, sitting there quietly for a long period of time."

But where? Patrols soon found evidence of the insurgents' overnight camps, he said, "so we focused on those areas for patrols, and we cut off the enemy from using those places for attacks."

Mmmmmm control the ground........

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