Pentagon: IED Attacks on Afghan Troops Nearly Double from 2012

Posted on: July 11th, 2013 by ABC News No Comments

MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Improvised explosive devices still remain the Taliban’s weapon of choice in Afghanistan.

However, with national security forces now taking the lead in fighting the enemy, they’re suffering the brunt of the casualties, according to the Pentagon’s latest report on the use of IEDs in the war.

From April through June of this year, Joint IED Defeat Organization data reveals that attacks on Afghan troops and police rose 93 percent compared to the same time period in 2012.

While there were close to 4,100 IED attacks on U.S. forces during the past three months, they actually represented a 17 percent decline from April through June of last year.

Most of those homemade bombs were disabled before they could cause harm to American soldiers, who have taken a back-up role to the Afghans in the run-up to the eventual withdrawal of coalition forces in 2014.

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