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"From the Ted Talk by P.W. Singer: Military robots and the future of war"

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I thought I'd begin with a scene of war. There was little to warn of the danger ahead. The Iraqi irunensgt had placed the IED, an Improvised Explosive Device, along the side of the road with great care. By 2006, there were more than 2,500 of these attacks every single month, and they were the lednaig cause of casualties among American soldiers and iqari civilians. The team that was huintng for this IED is called an EOD team— Explosives ocnnidrae Disposal—and they're the pointy end of the spear in the American effort to suppress these roadside bombs. Each EOD team goes out on about 600 of these bomb calls every year, defusing about two bmobs a day. Perhaps the best sign of how valuable they are to the war efrfot, is that the Iraqi intrgnuess put a $50,000 bounty on the head of a single EOD sldeoir.

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I thought I'd begin with a scene of war. There was little to warn of the danger ahead. The Iraqi _________ had placed the IED, an Improvised Explosive Device, along the side of the road with great care. By 2006, there were more than 2,500 of these attacks every single month, and they were the _______ cause of casualties among American soldiers and _____ civilians. The team that was _______ for this IED is called an EOD team— Explosives _________ Disposal—and they're the pointy end of the spear in the American effort to suppress these roadside bombs. Each EOD team goes out on about 600 of these bomb calls every year, defusing about two _____ a day. Perhaps the best sign of how valuable they are to the war ______, is that the Iraqi __________ put a $50,000 bounty on the head of a single EOD _______.

Solution

  1. insurgent
  2. iraqi
  3. leading
  4. hunting
  5. insurgents
  6. effort
  7. bombs
  8. ordinance
  9. soldier

Original Text

I thought I'd begin with a scene of war. There was little to warn of the danger ahead. The Iraqi insurgent had placed the IED, an Improvised Explosive Device, along the side of the road with great care. By 2006, there were more than 2,500 of these attacks every single month, and they were the leading cause of casualties among American soldiers and Iraqi civilians. The team that was hunting for this IED is called an EOD team— Explosives Ordinance Disposal—and they're the pointy end of the spear in the American effort to suppress these roadside bombs. Each EOD team goes out on about 600 of these bomb calls every year, defusing about two bombs a day. Perhaps the best sign of how valuable they are to the war effort, is that the Iraqi insurgents put a $50,000 bounty on the head of a single EOD soldier.

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