Iraqis do a first search, and then Americans perform the final checks and vet visitors' ID cards and badges. Then come the weapons-clearing chambers, sand barrels that you point the gun into while clearing any rounds from the chamber. On all sides are Alaskas and Tescos--contraptions of wire and sand of various styles--making for a grim landscape through which much of the population must pass at one time or another.The whole point of the exercise, repeated thousands of times a day, is to...

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