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MUNTHERIA BORDER CROSSING, Iraq -- Mud roads crisscross green hills between palm groves. Snowcapped mountains rise in the distance across the Iranian border. Donkeys stroll along footpaths, carrying the region's harvest -- land mines.
Risking their lives, Iraqi shepherds are increasingly venturing into these deadly fields to dig up mines planted during the Iran-Iraq war two decades ago, according to US soldiers, who say insurgents then use the mines to fashion roadside bombs that kill American troops.