A security personnel, working for a private company, uses a detector as he checks a car entering a mall's parking lot in Beirut, Lebanon July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi
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At a checkpoint in central Beirut, a guard checks a small truck for explosives. He is manning the last security barrier before Lebanon's Parliament building 100 meters away, and relying on a bomb detector that experts say is useless. Holding the device, a swiveling telescopic antenna mounted on a black plastic handgrip, the plainclothes guard walks by the side of the truck. Is was only this month that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi – whose country bought hundreds of ADE651 devices eight years ago – ordered his security services to stop using them, after a huge truck bomb killed 292 people in Baghdad.While specific devices seen by Reuters correspondents in Lebanon, Syria and Egypt could not be individually identified, they were of a similar design to the ADE651 and GT200 detectors which Britain imposed export bans on.The British businessman whose company made and sold ADE651 devices, Jim McCormick, was jailed in 2013, three years after Britain banned export of the devices to Iraq or Afghanistan where its soldiers were deployed.Mexico bought hundreds of the devices.
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