Tags: Improvised explosive devices | IEDs | Afghanistan | Iraq | insurgents | casualties | increase

Roadside Bomb Deaths Continue to Climb

Thursday, 03 Mar 2011 03:43 PM

Insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq are planting so many improvised explosive devices, known as IEDs, that U.S. casualties from the cheap homemade bombs continue to climb despite a ramped-up military campaign to counter their use, the National Journal reports.

In Afghanistan, IED casualties — typically from roadside bombs buried beneath the ground or concealed in debris — increased by 39 percent from 2008 to 2009. The military responded in 2010 by dramatically increasing the number of route-clearing teams in Afghanistan as well as airborne surveillance units that employ drone aircraft missile strikes to kill insurgents spotted planting the bombs.

Last year IEDs killed 368 U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan. The pace of fatalities may be falling based on casualty figures for 2011. But the chief of the counter-IED program, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Oates, “acknowledged that IEDs were an effective and low-cost way for militants to maim or kill American and NATO troops from a distance, which means that insurgents are virtually certain to continue burying the bombs well into the future,” the Journal reports.





© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
Newsfront
Insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq are planting so many improvised explosive devices, known as IEDs, that U.S. casualties from the cheap homemade bombs continue to climb despite a ramped-up military campaign to counter their use, the National Journal reports. In...
Improvised explosive devices,IEDs,Afghanistan,Iraq,insurgents,casualties,increase,counter-IED,route-clearing,aerial surveillance,drone strikes,Lt. Gen. Michael Oates,National Journal
175
2011-43-03
Thursday, 03 Mar 2011 03:43 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved