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Problems shielding troops more extensive than thought

Michael Moss of the New York Times used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain documents showing that "the Pentagon's difficulties in shielding troops and their vehicles with armor have been far more extensive and intractable than officials have acknowledged." The paper used a Department of Defense inspector general's report that outlined the problems in supplying armor to soldiers in Iraq. "The Pentagon put the inspector general on the case after Defense Department officials, noticing that its allies were getting armor so quickly, became suspicious that they were taking armor intended for American soldiers. But the report wound up criticizing the Pentagon instead."

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