Byron Pitts Examines The American Bomb-hunting Unit In Afghanistan On ‘60 Minutes’

May 31st, 2010 - 10:25 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

May 31, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): Byron Pitts’ last night segment of ‘60 Minutes’ illustrated the lethal warfare that is still being waged against the Taliban radicals in Afghanistan. The show supplied an unusual glimpse into what is life like for a bomb-hunting unit in Afghanistan.

The American forces in Afghanistan still encounter the danger from IEDs, and the ‘60 Minutes’ report by Pitt concentrates on a cream of the crop unit of the American military, which is responsible for the hunting down and disabling of the lethal roadside bombs.

In the very same week that Pitts used up in Afghanistan in order to record the tough life of the American military personnel, five soldiers were butchered on account of IED blasts. The commission of finding and disabling the fatal mines is one of the most perilous jobs in the American armed forces and the risk is so enormous that the mission is nominated as volunteer-only.

The group, recognized as Task Force Paladin, was accompanied by Pitts and they mentioned to the reporter what life was like on the task force. Specialist Christopher Parsons, who has functioned in the Force for 3 years, has asserted that he is fond of this high-pressure job.

Colonel Jarkowsky, in control of the Force, mentioned that, regardless of the massive success rate of their crew, fatalities are almost unpreventable. He elucidated that over 60 percent of all IEDs are discovered before they explode.

The recent demise of British technician, Captain Daniel Shepherd, while he was endeavoring to physically neutralize a roadside device, created bigger pressure on the U.K. and the U.S. to make use of larger amounts of automatic defusing robots that can be managed from a safe distance. Coroner Stuart Fisher declared that they would persuade the Ministry of Defence to pick up the pace of the creation of remote-controlled devices to diminish the level of casualties.

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