Syria’s volunteer sappers improvise mine-clearing methods

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Lance Cpl. Vernon K. Akina, a food service specialist with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, marks a notional improvised explosive device while Lance Cpl. Nicholas A. Weissgerber, a compact metal detector instructor with 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, watches during IED lane training at Camp Dwyer, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 24. Akina located the notional IED with a compact metal detector during the practical application portion of reception staging, onward movement and integration training and integration training.

AP – Volunteers in opposition-held areas of Syria are forced to improvise as they carry out one of the world’s most dangerous tasks: dismantling cluster munitions, land mines and explosive booby-traps as they work to make battle-torn areas safe for civilians to return. Continue reading