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.
U.S. Marines Clearing Mines