• In this Thursday, July 14, 2016 picture, an Iraqi policeman uses a hand-held device that is supposed to detect bombs at a checkpoint in Basra, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq. For nearly a decade, when you drove through one of Baghdad's seemingly endless checkpoints, a soldier would point a hand-held, gun-shaped device at your vehicle, intently watching if the antenna atop the device moved. If it pointed at your vehicle, the theory was, it had found a possible bomb. The wands were a fake, but it wasn't till a massive bombing this month that the government halted their use. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)

    Iraq finally bans fake bomb detectors after July 3 blast

    BAGHDAD (AP) — For nearly a decade, anyone driving through one of Baghdad’s many checkpoints was subjected to a search by a soldier pointing a security wand at their vehicle and watching the device intently to see if its antenna moved. If it pointed at the car, it had supposedly detected a possible bomb.