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28 January 2009

'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.

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