Iraqi Rebels Refine Bomb Skills, Pushing Toll of G.I.’s Higher – New York Times: “The surge in attacks, the officials say, has coincided with the appearance of significant advancements in bomb design, including the use of ‘shaped’ charges that concentrate the blast and give it a better chance of penetrating armored vehicles, causing higher casualties.

Another change, a senior military officer said, has been the detonation of explosives by infrared lasers, an innovation aimed at bypassing electronic jammers used to block radio-wave detonators”

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