COVER STORYBomb-makers being targeted by coalition forces in an increasingly prolific IED warAt Task Force Paladin, investigators are fighting back, using forensics, intelligence and data experts to target the network of bomb-makers. They trace the bombs back to their supply routes, financiers, builders and placers, and then try to ensure that the bomb-makers don’t return to their deadly occupation. • Story

Afghanistan steps up effort to keep tabs on policeIn a step toward more accountability, the Afghan government is starting to collect vital information on the 95,000 members of the national police, a force that has become synonymous with unprofessionalism and corruption. • Story

Landstuhl staff busy as Afghan fight intensifiesThe number of combat-wounded troops from Afghanistan treated at the hospital has spiked during the past three months. Doctors from Landstuhl — the first stop for the wounded from the war zone — saw 163 troops with battle injuries during August, 152 in September and 109 in October. • Story

Stop-loss application process hits snag, delays extra payTheir applications for the promised compensation pay have been referred to case managers, delaying indefinitely the arrival of extra money that many former soldiers have been counting on since learning of the compensation program. • Story

Medical staff adjusts for patient accessEuropean Regional Medical Command officials are well aware of the complaints: interminable wait times on the phone to make a doctor’s appointment and then being told there are none available. • Story

More stories:• ‘Multi-National’ to drop from U.S. unit names in Iraq • Inspection faults DOD auto records • Military officials to stand by women’s testing guidelines • China gets rare ship tour: Japan shows off Aegis-equipped destroyer at Sasebo • 2nd ID moves to protect ID cards

Spouse CallsA weekly column in Stripes' Scene magazine by Terri Barnes, a military wife and mother of three who lives and writes in Germany. • This week's column • Terri Barnes' blog

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