Improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, has long been the main weapon of insurgents in Iraq and now in Afghanistan.
For the removal of these devices resort to military elite group of specialists.
In the Oscar-winning film "The Hurt Locker" is about one such group of sappers in Baghdad.
Critics argue that the film is not realistic that the military are represented in it adventurers,
and military actions shown are not entirely accurate. Collected here are photos of these sappers from Iraq and Afghanistan,
and these explosive devices with which they work.
The photo of the Iraqi military engineer company in a special suit during a demonstration exercise October 6, 2009. (Staff Sgt. Luke P. Thelen / Dvids Images)
In the midst of the war in Iraq in 2006 and 2007. IEDs caused 60% of deaths of American soldiers. While public attention was not focused on military operations in Afghanistan. But those days are long gone. After 81 cases of explosion or identifying IEDs in Afghanistan in 2003, increased tension in the country; In 2007, an explosion occurred in 2718 (2,293 of them fatal), and in 2009 - already 7228 bombings (6037 of them fatal). By 2009, IEDs accounted for 75% of the total number of US military deaths. In response, the US Army launched a large-scale fighting. In the photo: a team of sappers sends robot bomb disposal in October 2005 in Baghdad. (John Moore / Getty Images)
The US Army has spent billions of dollars on training engineering units for the purchase of demining robots and armored personnel carriers, the similarity of the 24-ton combat engineering vehicles «Buffalo Mine Protected». These armored vehicles (military no longer use «Humvee», as shown in the movie "The Hurt Locker") is designed to detect mines or stretch marks, and there are one million dollars each. These massive vehicles - an easy target; although sapper - a dangerous job, many experts do not die during the direct work with IEDs, and while traveling in such vehicles. Photo: Marine neutralize IEDs March 21, 2009 on the road near Bakwa, Afghanistan. (John Moore / Getty Images)
In Afghanistan mission goes on search and destroy the enemy called "Paladin": the mission sapper teams combing the Afghan road in search of explosive devices set the pressure and tripwire. This work is so dangerous that it goes some volunteers. Only in Afghanistan was launched 15 kontroperatsy bomb disposal and collection of materials from the explosion site. Unlike the movie "The Hurt Locker", the team of sappers rarely work in groups of three single person. Usually they are part of the escort. Photo: Iraqi soldier in a special protective suit approaches the site of the explosion during a demonstration exercise in Iraq in October 2009. (Staff Sgt. Luke P. Thelen / Dvids Images)