Michael Totten joins a search for a weapons cache
Michael Totten has a first-person account of what it's like to look for buried explosives in Iraq.
Some Marine units are more protective of me than others. Lieutenant Schroeder's was particularly so. I was frequently instructed to stay back and, when in town, to only walk within a few inches of a wall.
The lieutenant sent a squad ahead to set up an overwatch on a roof in case we were being led into an ambush. Karmah was only very recently pacified. The war lasted longer there than it did in Fallujah, and every Marine I spoke to said it was a far more dangerous place.
We entered the town and walked past ugly repair shops on the way to the small mosque where the IED was supposed to be.
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