The IED is a popular weapon because it is easy to make. Nothing is being revealed here that is not already available online. Most IED's consist of five basic parts:
- A power supply (car batteries or flashlight batteries)
- A switch that is set off by a signal (signal can be a cell phone, radio, or garage door opener)
- A detonator (a small explosive charge that sets off the main blast)
- A main charge (the primary explosive substance)
- A container to hold everything together (it can be designed to force the blast in a specific direction).
The IED is an ideal remote weapon. The person activating the device does not have to be in the general area, but this poses a problem for Islamic jihadi warriors. According to Osama bin Laden, the duty of jihadi warriors is to die for their cause. Bin Laden says, "What people in the West simply don't understand is that we love death even more that they (Americans) love life." (bin Laden 1996)
IED Against Islam?
If we take bin Laden at his word, the IED is actually a mechanism against Islam because the jihadi warrior (trigger person) is not dying in the blast. That person is a distance away setting off the explosion. The whole time that the IED has been used to kill and maim American and allied troops, its use may have been against Islamic law. But al Qaeda is solving this problem. They are starting to increase the use of the human bomb. This way, jihadi warriors using IED's can stay within the confines of "Islamic law" and blow themselves up along with everything else in the blast radius.