U.S. Marines Clearing Mines

U.S. Marines from the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion (2D CEB) participating in Operation Black Sand in Shukvani, Afghanistan on August 5, 2011. Operation Black Sand consisted of clearing the Ladar Bazaar, a known IED (Improvised Explosive Device) facility. The M1 Assault Breacher Vehicle (ABV), nicknamed The Shredder, is a U.S. military mine and explosives-clearing vehicle, based on the M1 Abrams-chassis, equipped with a mine-plough and line charges. Its first large scale use by the US Marines was in the joint ISAF-Afghan Operation Moshtarak in Southern Afghanistan during the War in Afghanistan in 2010 against the Taliban insurgency.