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A Blast in the Darkness

Lt. Col. Gregory D. Gadson, 41, had just attended a memorial service for two soldiers killed by an IED when his convoy encountered a roadside bomb in southern Baghdad. Gadson, who had both legs amputated above the knee, is one of 22,000 American casualties from IEDs in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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'The single most effective weapon against our deployed forces'
Article | To the extent that the United States is not winning militarily in Iraq, the roadside bomb, which as of yesterday had killed or wounded 21,071 Americans, is both a proximate cause and a metaphor for the miscalculation and improvisation that have characterized the war.

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