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Pick of the Day: Inside the real hurt locker

"The Hurt Locker," which won best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, tells the story of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team working in Iraq. The film's accuracy has been a hot topic of debate among U.S. veterans, as my colleague Chris Davenport reported last month -- though, Chris noted:

despite some complaints about inaccuracies, many veterans of bomb disposal units love the movie, says James O'Neil, executive director of the EOD Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit that has benefited financially from the film.
"While there is some artistic license," O'Neil says, "there's a lot of good representation of the intensity and the courage that's displayed by EOD techs. What it takes to find, identify and then render safe those [bombs] -- that's a story, and it's an incredible story."

It's a story that Foreign Policy has picked up, too, though FP is telling it visually, via a powerful photo essay assembled by editorial researcher Kayvan Farzaneh.

By J. Freedom du Lac  | March 10, 2010; 7:57 AM ET
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