Improvised Explosive Device
An Improvised Explosive Device, or IED, "can be almost anything with any type of material and initiator. It is a 'homemade' device that is designed to cause death or injury by using explosives alone or in combination with toxic chemicals, biological toxins, or radiological material. IEDs can be produced in varying sizes, functioning methods, containers, and delivery methods. IEDs can utilize commercial or military explosives, homemade explosives, or military ordnance and ordnance components.
"They are unique in nature because the IED builder has had to improvise with the materials at hand. Designed to defeat a specific target or type of target, they generally become more difficult to detect and protect against as they become more sophisticated." --Global Security.
Related SourceWatch Resources
- IED / Improvised Explosive Device in the Wikipedia.
- "Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) / Booby Traps," Global Security.