Solh with Astra Joan during a press conference in Washington, D.C.
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A day trip to a crowded State Department office that's full of unfamiliar faces and smells might have upset some dogs, but then Astra's day job is itself pretty terrifying.Most of the mines that Astra locates were left during Lebanon's 1975-90 Civil War, but she also finds bombs dropped in the 2006 war that Israel launched against Lebanon.The Marshall Legacy Institute, working with the U.S. State Department and private sponsors – including individuals who adopt dogs – has provided some 205 dogs in 11 countries.In Lebanon, the State Department has spent $55 million in the past 17 years under its conventional weapons destruction program to support mine clearance.
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