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Despite New G.I. Tactics, Bombs Are Still Biggest Peril

Using an array of new technology and tactics, American forces have become more adept at identifying and disarming roadside bombs in Iraq. But the devices remain the single biggest killer of United States military personnel there, senior commanders say. At least 104 of the 379 troops killed by hostile fire in Iraq resulted from what the military calls improvised explosive devices, or I.E.D.’s, most of them since President Bush called major combat over on May 1. The bombings represent 39 percent of all hostile-fire deaths since then. In February alone, 10 soldiers were killed by the bombs, which are often detonated by triggering devices as simple as egg timers or remote garage-door openers. Full Story

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