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To stop Afghan bombs, a focus on Pakistani fertilizer

To grasp the severity Lt. Gen. Michael D. Barbero’s $40-fertilizer-bomb problem, it helps to consider some much bigger numbers.

Barbero heads a U.S. military command, with an annual budget of about $2.8 billion, that was created to stem American casualties from insurgent bombs. In just the last few months, he has shelled out $24 million for a new hand-held ground-penetrating radar, $33 million for mini surveillance robots and $19 million for bomb-resistant underwear.

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