July 9th, 2009
08:40 PM ET

Roadside bombs in Afghanistan – how deadly?

Program Note: Tonight, on AC 360º at 10 P.M. ET, Michael Ware joins us from the Middle East with the latest coverage on ther situation in Afghanistan.

[cnn-photo-caption image="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/07/09/afghanistan.ieds/art.ied.blast.afp.gi.jpg" caption="An IED is exploded by U.S. Marines near the remote village of Baqwa, Afghanistan, in March."]

Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization
The Pentagon

The Pentagon's Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization reported the following statistics about coalition forces killed or wounded in Afghanistan by insurgent IEDs (improvised explosive devices) in 2009. A United States' top military official is calling them the "No. 1 threat" to troops there. June was the worst month yet in 2009.

: 18 killed, 33 wounded
March: 19 killed, 56 wounded
April: 6 killed, 52 wounded
May: 12 killed, 96 wounded
June: 23 killed, 166 wounded


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    Dear CNN:

    Michael Ware in my opinion is the most objective, credible, insightful, and realistic journalist in the business when it comes to reporting about foreign policy so I always take what he says very seriously!

    Michael Ware not only reports about what is happening in foreign countries but he also understands the situations so well and with such deep insight that he can explain in specific detail exactly why what is happening is happening which most reporters cannot do.

    Please give Michael Ware as much airtime as you can and please also make as many videos of his interviews that you can. I always promote Michael Ware's reports on my political blog!


    Mitch Dworkin
    Dallas, Texas

    July 10, 2009 at 10:06 am |
  2. Bakari

    Forget giving the troops better vehicles. How about we just bring all our troops home, that'll decrease the casualty count 100%. We've been stalking Bin Laden for 8 years now. No clues. I don't understand how the government needs billions of our tax payer dollars to find one man, and in the midst of doing so we loose thousands of soldiers wives, children, and families morning. I say let that country deal with there own problems and maybe we can focus on the crazy people on our own soil.

    July 10, 2009 at 8:07 am |
  3. Dominick, Dover, DE

    These have been issues from day one.. We know now we sent far to many troops and equipment to Iraq. This will be and has been tougher than Iraq, due to terrain and these peoples extreme dedication in believing in there cause.

    July 10, 2009 at 7:45 am |
  4. Kerim Agha

    21 consecutive invasions have failed to put the Afghan under submission, if you're not learning from history you will always learn from your own mistakes. I guess you will have to find an easier home for maccas, like Nauru perhaps

    July 10, 2009 at 1:50 am |
  5. Mickey

    The report from Michael Weir re: Pakistan trying to solve the Taliban problem is his point of view.Pakistan has been harbouring the Taliban for decades.They have also infiltrated into Kashmir,which is in North india.Ofcourse Pakistan does not want the US stopping the Taliban.This would be counter-productive for Pakistan.So they bring Michael Weir in and give him a story.They told him that the US cannot win the war and that it would be better for Pakistan alone to handle the Taliban. Sure, they will!!! Like they have been doing for decades now. Pakistan would love the US to withdraw so that it can keep terrorising India, with the help of the Taliban! It would be a good thing for Michael Weir to talk to the Indian people and get the real truth regarding the Taliban and Pakistan.

    July 9, 2009 at 11:42 pm |
  6. Professor Puzzle

    It is sad if not horrible to think that so many of our soldiers have died due to IED explosions. Why not send robots out ahead of the group to detect these metal buried bombs? Our troops deserve the new Humvees no matter the cost.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  7. Vance Hall

    Thank you to all our brave warriors, and to our Marines,

    SEMPER FI and be safe!

    July 9, 2009 at 8:51 pm |
  8. Mike in NYC

    Guerrilla warfare exerts a kind of natural selection on insurgents.

    The stupid and incompetent are culled early on, with the harder, smarter core carrying on the fight. Their learning curve is necessarily quite steep.

    July 9, 2009 at 8:04 pm |
  9. Annie Kate

    Do the troops in Afghanistan have those new vehicles you showed months ago that are built to absorb the shock of an IED and keep its occupants safer than they would be in regular military transportation? If they don't we need to be sure they get provided with these vehicles; it could cut the casualty count significantly.

    July 9, 2009 at 7:03 pm |