Casualties resulting from the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are rising in 2012 according to statistics from the Department of Defense’s Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO). Over a 25-month period from August 2010 through August 2012, JIEDDO found that global IED casualties reached their peak in May 2012 with approximately 1800 people wounded and nearly 600 killed in that month alone.
The IED statistics are part of a Global IED Monthly Summary Report for August 2012 issued by JIEDDO’s Counter-IED Operations/Intelligence Center. The report, which does not include incidents occurring in Afghanistan and Iraq, focuses on providing detailed information on the components, targets and groups using IEDs around the world as well as analysis of specific incidents over the reporting period. The statistics are presented both in aggregate and by combatant command, highlighting enduring threats surrounding the use of IEDs by terrorists, extremists and other criminal organizations.