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Roadside bombs

The week's news at a glance.

Baghdad

More U.S. soldiers are now dying in roadside bomb explosions than in any other form of attack in Iraq, the Pentagon said in a report this week. Of the 93 Americans killed in October, the bloodiest month of the war since January, 56 of them were killed by “improvised explosive devices” or IEDs. “We see an adversary that continues to develop some sophistication on very deadly and increasingly precise standoff-type weapons—IEDs, in particular,” said Pentagon spokesman Lawrence Di Rita. He said insurgents keep coming up with innovations both to hide the bombs more effectively and to make them more deadly.

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