AOAV’s research on Improvised Explosive Devices

AOAV is one of the few charities that has a particular research focus on Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).  Our reason for doing so is simple – between 2011 and 2016, IEDs were responsible for over 57% of all global civilian deaths and injuries from explosive weapons.  They far outstripped the harm caused by other explosive weapon types such as ground-launched (22%), or air-launched (18%) weapons. And it is a harm that is on the increase.  2016 saw 21 countries impacted by suicide bombings.

AOAV’s key IED reports include: Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Monitor (pdf), Addressing the threat posed by IEDs (pdf), Understanding the rising cult of the suicide bomber (pdf), Understanding the regional and transnational networks that facilitate IED use (pdf), Tracking IED Harm (pdf), Anatomy of a Suicide Bombing (pdf), Material Harm (pdf), and Blood on the Streets of Boston (pdf).

From roadside bombs in rural Afghanistan to satchels packed with explosives at the Boston Marathon, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are a global problem responsible for huge numbers of civilian casualties each year. IEDs take a variety of different forms – they may be remotely detonated, use a timer, or activated by the attacker in the form of a suicide attack. As well as being used against legitimate military targets, IEDs are frequently used in attacks deliberately targeting large numbers of civilians.

Data shows that IED attacks are on the rise and AOAV is working on a range of responses to tackle the problem. Below you can find some of our key reports that we have done into IED harm.  Please feel to quote from them, or, for more information, please contact our Executive Director, Iain Overton.

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