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5 years 19 weeks ago, 2:39 AM

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Hi All,

I've heard a whisper but I don't know if it's true that the air freshener sensors for timed or action activated dispersement ie like those in Glade etc being sold in shops or sent in the post from Europe are being amended in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq to activate home made IED's.

I don't know the full details is this possible or if it was just some young guns bragging. Could I have everyones opinion.
Thanks

5 years 19 weeks ago, 3:04 AM

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I've got quite a bit of experience with IEDs and have learned quite a bit about initiation methods. I haven't heard of this one, and I can't see it being a very popular method. The problem with this is timing. It may be used as a safe arm device, but it wouldn't be used to actually detonate an IED. After quite a few people blew themselves up emplacing them, the bomb makers learned to install mechanical timers, most often from washing machines, into the initiation system to allow the peons emplacing it to get away. Most of those automatic air fresheners can be set for a few different times, so I can see it for that. For the actual initiation system, timed charges are almost never used now, as you can never know exactly when a patrol will drive by. That's why, contrary to Hollywood, cell phones aren't used very often, as there is an unpredictable delay when calling one. Hope this helps some.

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5 years 19 weeks ago, 3:55 AM

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Thanks runaway,
I thought it was a bit 'airy fairey' it's nice to know that it was just muppets mouthing off and if anyone does start importing them to Mirpur at least their houses will smell nice!

Are there any parts of a cell phone that can be used in IED's or something else other than for tracking because they are still being sent from the UK to Afghanistan normally via Pakistan they are both pre-pay and contract phones that are tied to the Vodaphone network they seem to be the most popular. With what you say being the case what the hell are they doing with them 'cos they ain't using them to do an ET and phoning home?

I'll be back around later as I'm still on this course about how to run SME's and I'm msging from the classroom at the moment.

See everyone later
Kerry

5 years 19 weeks ago, 4:00 AM

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Cell phones are used in explosive devices, but when they are used they are typically as part of a stationary Vehicle Borne IED (VBIED) against a static target.

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