This is what an IED looks like
I took this photo near Kandahar, about an hour’s drive outside the city. I blew the aperture way out so that you can see the bomb in greater detail. I’m told it was about 50 gallons of explosive liquid, hooked up to a cell phone (pictured bottom right.) If the phone rang, we would all have been vaporized. Luckily, US vehicles have cell-phone jammers.
The IED was stuck in a culvert and found by some Afghan police before the convoy I was in drove over it.
IED deaths and attacks have skyrocketed in Afghanistan since the “surge” began, mostly because insurgents know they can’t fight toe-to-toe with the heavy armor and air support fielded by the coalition.
I was maybe twenty-feet from the culvert when I took this picture and the light-spots on the bomb are from mirrors that the soldiers used to reflect light onto the “subject.”
I haven’t seen many photos of IEDs, but with deaths from these bombs skyrocketing, I thought I’d post this pic here, so you could have a better idea what the US and NATO are up against.