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Afghan War News > Topics > Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)

Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)

Improvised Explosive Devices or IEDs cause about 50% of the casualties in the Afghan war. It is one of the favorite tactics of the Afghan insurgents. Defeating the IEDs is difficult and costly.

Websites with Info on IEDs

Improvised Explosive Device. By Wikipedia.

Countering Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IEDs). NATO.

IED News. By Defence Talk.

Papers and Publications about IEDs
(listed in chronological order)

July 2013. Improvised Explosive Devices: Unclear Whether Culvert Denial Systems to Protect Troops are Functioning or Were Ever Installed. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, SIGAR SP-13-8, July 2013.

February 26, 2013. Countering Improvised Explosive Devices. The White House.

News Reports about IEDs in Afghanistan

August 21, 2022. "The Cost of Victory: How the Taleban used IEDs to win the war, despite the misgivings of some", Afghanistan Analysts Network.

April 10, 2016. "Kabul event brings together EODs from throughout Afghanistan", DVIDS. A five-day training event for explosive ordnance disposal technicians from the ANA, ANP, and NDS was held for the exchange of ideas and discussion of best practices for combatting explosives throughout Afghanistan.  RS and CSTC-A Explosive Device Directorate assisted in the conference.

December 30, 2015. "Children used as suicide bombers in Central Asia", Deutsche Welle. Terrorists in Afghanistan and other Central Asian countries are training children to blow themselves up in suicide bomb attacks. Minors are kidnapped or sold and then taken to terrorist training camps.

September 28, 2015. "Company clears more than 5,000 miles in Afghanistan", An engineer company (A Company, 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion) based at Bagram provides route clearance.

September 1, 2015. "Empowering Afghan citizens to counter IED threats". RS News. Info on the function of the RS HQs C-IED Directorate.

April 1, 2014. "Afghans learn to analyze IED threat". RS News. The ANA recently graduated ANA students from the 100-day long IED Analysis Course.

October 3, 2013. "Afghan military faces surge in roadside bombs".

July 25, 2013. "Afghan insurgents find new opening for IED attacks". Yahoo! News.

July 23, 2013. "Fraud fouls up fight against IEDs in Afghanistan". USA Today. Afghan contractors fail to install culvert denial systems to prevent IEDs yet take the money; SIGAR cites lack of contracting officials oversight.

May 17, 2013. "Improvised explosive devices are here to stay". The Washington Post. News article by LTG Michael D. Barbero of the DoD JIEDDO.

January 2, 2012. "Afghanistan's IED Complex: Inside the Taliban Bombmaking Industry".

July 29, 2012. "Disarming Afghan IEDs: Big Job, Too Few Trained". NPR.

April 10, 2012. "Improvised Explosive Devices, the war of invisible bombs". NATO.

July 25, 2010. "Afghanistan war logs: How the IED became Taliban's weapon of choice". The Guardian.







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