IED Blast: No casualties, but do NOT watch this if you are faint of heart

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I did not shoot this video. In fact, I was nowhere near this event. The Commander and Sergeant Major of the Battalion whose Charlie Company I am with were reportedly in this convoy, though, and I have been told that this is authentic (though I cannot verify that).

A blast this size is definitely possible; with just a whole lot of soap, oil, and nitrate, anybody can mix up as many pounds of HME (homemade explosive) as they wish. According to the Captain here in Samarra, 1,000-lb IEDs aren't necessarily out of the ordinary.

The story on this IED is that it was simply buried too deep to detonate quickly or effectively - but holy cow would that be a scary sight to see as you drive along the road here in Iraq.

That's ... yup, that's frightening, all right.

"No compromise with the main purpose, no peace till victory, no pact with unrepentant wrong." - Winston Churchill

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