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Bombs Used by Todays Enemy (IED)

Updated on December 2, 2012

Improvised Explosive Devices

Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are the most common threat in today’s war in Iraq or Afghanistan. They are the most feared by our troops and allied forces because they are hard to detect and they are very deadly. In this article I hope to educate you a little bit on the types and deployment of IEDs used against US troops.

Types of IEDs

There are many different types of IEDs out there so I’m only going to cover the most common used. Besides, most of the types of IEDs out there are just variations of the main types I’m going to talk about.

VBIED (car bomb)

The VBIED is a vehicle born improvised explosive device. Pretty much what this means is someone loaded a car up with a lot of explosive making the entire vehicle a bomb. With VBIEDs they are usually made so that the driver, commonly known as the suicide bomber, can drive the car into a crowd of people, controlled entry point, or our up armored vehicles and blow them up. This is a very dangerous form of IED because they control where the bomb goes and it is usually pretty big.

Suicide Vest

A suicide vest is a jest, jacket, or some sort of wearable item packed full of explosives. The person wearing this can walk right up to whatever he wants to blow up and hit the trigger of the bomb causing serious damage to whatever he is near.


Roadside IED

Roadside IED is pretty self-explanatory to an extent. Yes it is a bomb buried or hidden on or next to a road in order to blow up passing vehicles or people walking down the road. These are the most common used in today’s war. These IEDs don’t necessarily have to be on a road though. They can be placed anywhere the enemy thinks our troops or whomever they intend to blow up will walk.

All of these IEDs are not easy to find. The enemy does a very good job trying to hide them from us. From years of trying to perfect hiding and employing IEDs they have gotten pretty good at it. You can see this by reading the military deaths in combat because most will be from explosion. What you probly don’t hear are all the troops losing a leg or an arm or a combination of the two on a regular basis due to IEDs. They are very serious things and should not be taken lightly.

My Experiance on the Topic

I have been in the Marines for a little over 4 years now and have been on a few deployments including combat ones. I have personally been blown up (no injuries) on foot and in a vehicle. I have responded to IED attacks and also aided in finding and destroying them. I have gone through endless hours of training on the topic and can probably talk your ear off about it. I also feel like todays America is very uneducated about the war their troops are fighting and I hope to change that a little at a time.


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      Cintia 3 years ago

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      Cady 3 years ago

      I'd vetnrue that this article has saved me more time than any other.

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      Kathleen Cochran 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Coming from a soldier (sorry, old habits die hard - Marine) that is high praise. Looking forward to more of your work.

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      Chris 6 years ago from middletown, ct

      Kathleen I think you are becoming one of my favorite people here on hubpages and I think there needs to be more people like you around for people like me!!

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      Kathleen Cochran 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Great Hub with information more Americans need. Personally have a friend who lost his legs to one of these. Ten years is a long time to be at war, and Americans get distracted too easily. But hubs like this will keep us up with what our troops are up against. Voted UP!

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      aware 6 years ago from West Palm Beach Florida.

      Informative . I come from a military family my dad was USMC . 2 tours in Vietnam . Retired master Sargent. After the war he was drill instructor to many men. I remember how his guys looked up to him. Growing up on base left me with many fond memory's. Id like to say ty for your service. It means something to me .

      When speaking to my dad and grandfathers about their time at war . Hindsight is 20 20. Our enemy's are now our our friends in many cases. And the blur of taking life , despite its just cause . took its toll on them. None of the 22 war vets in my family tree wanted to kill another man. i think. But in war they had to. The look in my dads eyes when recalling it all. was one of confusion .And the hundreds of ants he gunned from a chopper in nam . their faces get clearer as he nears his own death . i wish i could comfort that kind of regret and unease . simper phi,


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      MercyGrace 6 years ago from USA

      You are right, we don't have enough unbiased information. Thank you for sharing it.