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IED attacks down significantly in Iraq
Posted by: McQ on Monday, June 23, 2008

While they are still the most common form of attack, their use has declined drastically:
Roadside bomb attacks and fatalities in Iraq are down by almost 90% over the last year, according to Pentagon records and interviews with military leaders.

In May, 11 U.S. troops were killed by blasts from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) compared with 92 in May 2007, records show. That's an 88% decrease.
Three reasons are given - MRAPs (the new mine resistant vehicles) are much more available, the Son's of Iraq (local security forces), and technological improvements in surveillance which allow preemptive attacks.

However, as in all forms of warfare, the enemy attempts to adapt his tactics to defeat the latest adaptation from the other side:
Fake curbs fashioned from metal, filled with ball bearings and explosives. Virtually indistinguishable from concrete rubble, the new bombs require a trained eye to spot.

Insurgents are also using pressure-detonated IEDs, including those with 15 pounds of explosives that blow the tires off an MRAP and allow insurgents to attack it...
The most important point in all of this however is:
"The whole issue of IEDs — vehicle borne, suicide, you name it — is going to be the weapon of choice and I think it's going to be around a long, long time".
So do I. They're simply a variation on the "booby-traps" of the Viet Nam war. Since Viet Nam was much more of a ground infantry war, the IEDs there were aimed at that type of an enemy. IEDs in Iraq are designed to defeat a much more uparmored mobile force (humvees, Strikers, Bradleys, etc). They are, as they were in Viet Nam, a "poor man's" method of fighting a powerful enemy. And as we're seeing, it is a continuous battle of adaptation by both sides as this all goes forward.

I think what the article misses, however, is the 4th reason IED attacks are down so significantly. Surge operations very successfully disrupted and destroyed insurgent IED manufacturing facilities in and around Baghdad (which is the center of gravity in this war) - especially VBEDs. That is just as key as the other three in this drastic decline in IED attacks.
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Cause and .. effect ..
coverage of Iraq has been “massively scaled back this year.” Almost halfway into 2008, the three newscasts have shown 181 weekday minutes of Iraq coverage, compared with 1,157 minutes for all of 2007.
Written By: Neo
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I spent 10 months in Iraq from Dec 06-Oct 07 doing counter-IED operations. I can unequivicolly say that IED events went from literally dozens per day (early on in my tour) and dwindled down to single digits by the time I left. It actually got kind of boring (and boring is good). It is true, tactics are ever evolving. The enemy tries one tactic. It is successful, and we counter that. Then they counter our counter and on and on. I will say that one of the biggest differences that we made besides the technology was just in our guys’ ability to spot these things. Our discovery rate went from 50% (for every one we discovered, one detonated that we hadn’t spotted) to over 80-85% (we’d find 5-6 for every one that exploded on a convoy). When you drive these routes every day twice a day for months, you begin to learn what does and does not belong. The training we put our guys through for this is greatly improved.

Written By: matt
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Doom... Quagmirey Doom... Only Iran Profits(prophets)...Redeploy...Doom....
Written By: Joe
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You forgot decline of the United States, loss of world status, rise of China and Russia, and will of the people.
Written By: looker
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Looker, thanks I don’t what came over me...I can’t wait for the Summer Break to end, so once again Erb/Scerb can shine forth in their glory...

Erbmeister will be an Obamaniac, of course...representing a libertarian domestic and foreign policy.
Written By: Joe
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I have to admit....I had to know...his latest angle is our enemies are letting us win so we’ll withdraw. Now, I realize this goes against the Quagmire and doom and endless fighting and occupation in Iraq that he originally predicted. But it’s really secret quagmire, it’s so quaggy a mire we won’t be caught in it by losing, no, we’ll be caught in it by winning, we’ll be caught in it by withdrawing! We’ll be caught in it by not appearing to be caught in it!
How clever is that man! Wow!

I guess it’s sorta like Saddam’s plan to destroy us in Baghdad by letting us take the city, and in fact, the whole country, further fooling us by allowing us to arrest him, and execute him.

See, it’s not really anything we’re doing. The Splodydopes fought us for 5 years so they could let us win and draw down our forces, looking like we were successful and looking like we’d won. After all, nothing will convince America, and the world more that Bush was wrong about Iraq then letting it LOOK like we’ve won!

I am told Japan used the same plan at the end of World War 2.
Clever, very very clever.

Written By: looker
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By the way, the Japanese plan worked! We’re still trapped in Japan, what with our bases and ships and troops and all!!!!
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