The Enemy's New Tools in Iraq

A TIME investigation reveals how Iraqi militants are devising innovative ways to make the war more deadly for U.S. troops

Franco Pagetti for TIME

View from inside a Humvee during a patrol in the Sunni area of Gazaliya with Delta Company 2-12 CAV 2nd BT from JSS Thrasher Humvee. Recently even the new Humvees are equipped with an external video cameras.

Saif Abdallah says his inventions have helped kill or maim scores, possibly hundreds, of Americans. For more than four years, he has been developing remote-control devices that Sunni insurgents use to detonate improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the roadside bombs that are the No. 1 killer of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. The only time he ever felt a pang of regret was in the spring of 2006, when he heard that the Pentagon, in a bid to fight the growing IED menace, had roped in a team of scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Abdallah, an electronics engineer by training, once...

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