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A Turning Point in the War

On Aug. 3, 2005, the deadliest roadside bomb that U.S. troops had encountered in Iraq killed 14 Marines. The realization that a "deep buried" IED could demolish any U.S. combat vehicle was a wake-up call.

A Turning Point in the War

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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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