US troops face deadlier bombs in Iraq

More powerful bombs are being used to target US soldiers in Iraq, a senior Pentagon military official has said.

    A roadside bomb killed seven US soldiers on Thursday

    Army Brigadier General David Rodriguez on Friday said the trend of using more powerful improvised explosive devices (IEDs) has become prominent over the past two weeks.

    "We have noticed in the recent couple of weeks that the IEDs are all being built more powerfully, with more explosive effort in a smaller number of IEDs," Rodriguez told reporters at a Pentagon briefing.

    His comments came a day after a roadside bomb targeted a US military convoy in Baghdad, killing seven soldiers.

    "There are a lower number of IEDs, but they have been more powerful," Rodriguez said.

    Enemy tactics

    The brigadier could offer no explanation for the new tactic, including whether or not those fighting US troops were using new experts to cobble together explosive shells and other devices.

    But he said the military was using a broad effort to detect and defeat IEDs by studying enemy tactics, shifting US military procedures and boosting intelligence efforts.

    "We will continue to watch that carefully," he said.

    US Department of Defence spokesman Lawrence Di Rita noted that US commanders in Iraq had said more IEDs were being discovered before they could explode.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Zimbabwe military's statement after seizing power

    Zimbabwe military's statement after seizing power

    Major General SB Moyo addresses the nation after Zimbabwe's military seizes state TV, blocks off government offices.

    The Muslims of South Korea

    The Muslims of South Korea

    The number of Muslims in South Korea is estimated to be around 100,000, including foreigners.

    Aamir Khan: The Snake Charmer

    Aamir Khan: The Snake Charmer

    Can Aamir Khan create lasting change in Indian society or is he just another Bollywood star playing the role of a hero?