The IED in Afghanistan and Iraq

'The IED problem is getting out of control. We've got to stop the bleeding.' - A fascinating WaPo piece on the history of the IED in Afghanistan and Iraq and the countermeasures developed against it.

Update: Part two of this series on IEDs is here: 'The single most effective weapon against our deployed forces'.

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region,