Improvised explosive devices, more commonly known as IEDs or roadside bombs, have been the cause of about 40 percent of coalition deaths in Iraq, according to the Iraq Coalition Casualty Count.
According to www.globalsecurity.org, an IED is basically a “homemade device” that can be made of any material with varying size and delivery method. These improvised bombs can be distributed into three categories: suicide bomb, vehicle-born and package type, which includes roadside bombs.
There have been 1,812 total coalition deaths during the war in Iraq thus far that can be attributed to IEDs, 1,727 of which were of U.S. citizens.
Over 4,000 U.S. citizens have been confirmed dead as a result of the war in Iraq.