Roadside attacks have been around almost as long as soldiers have marched down roads. Until 9/11, casualties from these attacks were less significant compared with the large numbers lost on battlefields to poisonous gas, machine guns and air assaults. But in today's often urbanized, counterinsurgency warfare, roadside attacks with homemade bombs and mines—collectively known as improvised explosive devices (IEDs)—are the principal cause of loss of life and limb among Western militaries in ...

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