'Deliberate Slip' Reveals Afghan Superbombs
from Danger Room by David Hambling
A "deliberate slip" by Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morell indicates that while the threat of armor-piercing bombs has decreased sharply in Iraq, they are an increasing danger in Afghanistan.
The explosively-formed penetrator (EFP) or "superbomb" is a type of improvised explosive device which fires a high-velocity copper slug, capable of punching through armor plate. It's been by far the deadliest type of IED experienced by U.S. forces in Iraq by far; although they only account for fewer than ten per cent of IEDs, the superbombs cause forty per cent of U.S. casualties.