IEDs Now Form a Part of Army Base's Training Improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, kill more American soldiers in Iraq than any other weapon. The military spent more than $3 billion last year trying to fight them through better armor and better detection. Now it's adding another approach: hands-on IED training exhibits. It's intended to help soldiers who will be sent to the war zones know what to look out for.
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IEDs Now Form a Part of Army Base's Training

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Sgt. Todd Coudret points to a type of antenna insurgents would use to detonate an IED remotely, by cell phone or garage-door opener. David Sommerstein for NPR hide caption

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Improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, kill more American soldiers in Iraq than any other weapon. The military spent more than $3 billion last year trying to fight them through better armor and better detection.

Now it's adding another approach: hands-on IED training exhibits. Military experts hope the training will help soldiers who are headed to war zones know what to look out for.

The Pentagon says IEDs are killing fewer people than they used to. It's too early to know how effective the Army's models will be in a chaotic landscape littered with junk that may — or may not — be a bomb.

Complicating the matter further, insurgents are always inventing new ways to hide IEDs — recently, they were found in animal carcasses and coffee cans.