News – January 2015


At least 123 Boko Haram militants killed in Cameroon
January 31, 2015

Three soldiers and 123 Boko Haram militants were killed when the Islamist group attacked a Chadian army contingent in northern Cameroon, the Chadian military said Friday.
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58 die in Shikarpur mosque bombing
January 31, 2015

SUKKUR: Fifty-eight people were killed and over 49 injured when a bomb tore through a Shia mosque packed with worshippers here on Friday, around 470 kilometers north of Karachi.
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El-Sissi blames Muslim Brotherhood for sophisticated Sinai attack that killed 31
January 30, 2015

EL-ARISH, Egypt — Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for playing a role in a sophisticated insurgent attack that killed 31 people in Egypt’s volatile northern Sinai Peninsula.
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The Secretary General’s Annual Report 2014
January 30, 2015

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Hopkins investigates IEDs’ effects on brain
January 29, 2015

The structure and functions of the brain are highly complex, and in turn, the way it reacts to injury and insults can be perplexing. In fact, it is arguably the most complex and least understood structure in nature.
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Minister for Defence – Australia assists Afghanistan counter improvised explosive devices
January 29, 2015

Minister for Defence Kevin Andrews today announced that Australia has commenced delivering counter improvised explosive device equipment to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) as part of Australia’s contribution to the Afghan National Army (ANA) Trust Fund.
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Afghans live in peril among unexploded Nato bombs that litter countryside
January 29, 2015

International troops pulling out of Afghanistan have left behind a lethal legacy of unexploded bombs and shells that are killing and maiming people at a rate of more than one a day. The vast majority are children.
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Minister: Canadian demining robots ‘will save many, many lives’
January 28, 2015

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Canada delivered six demining robots to the Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces, where 70 percent of casualties are caused by planted bombs.
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Countering improvised explosive devices
January 27, 2015

An improvised explosive device (IED) is a type of unconventional explosive weapon that can take any form and be activated in a variety of ways.
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UKTI Defence and Security Trade Mission to Kenya: 28 – 29 January 2015
January 27, 2015

The Mission, the first of its kind to Kenya, brings a trade delegation of 17 leading UK companies from across the Defence & Security Sector, all seeking to do new business in Kenya.
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IED initiation switches recovered
January 25, 2015

Army and police today recovered 26 pull switches and war like stores from a militant hideout in North Kashmir Bandipora district.
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India looks to US for lessons in teamwork to defuse the IED threat
January 24, 2015

NEW DELHI: To effectively counter the menace of improvised explosive devices (IED), India may soon establish a joint programme to integrate counter-IED efforts of defence ministry, home ministry and agencies involved in dealing with terror incidents.
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Bomb explodes near Turkish delegation in Somalia day before president’s visit
January 22, 2015

A suicide car bomb exploded at the gate of a Mogadishu hotel where Turkish delegates were meeting on Thursday, a day before a visit by President Tayyip Erdogan to the Somali capital.
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Russians Held Over Alleged French Terror Plot
January 20, 2015

Five Russians have been arrested in southern France on suspicion of planning an attack, local prosecutors have said. Four of the suspects, all from the Caucasus region, were detained in Montpellier and a fifth was arrested around 40 miles away in Beziers on Monday.
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Royal Thai Army troops left to fight without body armour
January 18, 2015

The Royal Thai Army has said it cannot afford to supply armoured vests to all soldiers stationed in the deep South.
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Britain sends bomb detection kit used by troops in Afghanistan to soldiers battling ISIS is Iraq
January 16, 2015

Britain is sending bomb detection equipment used by troops in Afghanistan to soldiers fighting ISIS in Iraq, it has emerged.
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Bushey-based company gets £1.3 million from United States Government
January 16, 2015

Bushey-based Smiths Detection is to receive £1.3 million from the United States Government to further fund its development of explosive detection products.
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 Afghanistan: UN-backed mine clearing project reports 34 killed during 2014
January 15, 2015

The United Nations-supported Mine Action Programme in Afghanistan (MAPA) has said today that while 2014 could prove to have been a major turning point in the country’s long and tortured history, it was also a year that had inflicted “immense and unprecedented tragedy” on the programme’s personnel.
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Heightened security checks coming to U.S. airports after AQAP calls for lone wolf plane bombers
January 14, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security is increasing security checks at American airports because of concerns over new bomb-making instructions released by al Qaeda in Yemen (AQAP), the terrorist group which U.S. intelligence agencies believe may have been behind the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.
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Homes evacuated after chemicals and ammunition found at house
January 11, 2015

Homes were evacuated after police discovered chemicals and ammunition at a house in Worcestershire.
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 SPMAGTF MPs exploit vital material
January 10, 2015

The Marines and sailors of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task – Crisis Response – Central Command provide unique capabilities to support the wide range of missions and responsibilities associated with operations in U.S. Central Command.
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 US Should Give Iraqi Kurds Weapons to Fight Islamic State
January 10, 2015

Senior member of the US Senate Armed Services Committee said that providing the Kurds of Iraq with weapons is crucial in defeating Islamic State extremists.
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ANAMA neutralizes 76 UXOs in December
January 9, 2015

Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action has detected and neutralized 76 unexploded ordnance (UXO), as well as mines including 17 anti-personnel devices and one anti-tank mine during last December, ANAMA said.
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Risk management group offers coverage for operations in hostile environments
January 8, 2015

A consortium of international risk management experts has launched a risk mitigation, emergency response and insurance program designed for organizations that operate in hostile or complex environments.
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MineTech International successfully retains Explosive Detection Dog contract in Juba, South Sudan
January 8, 2015

 In December 2013, fighting broke out in South Sudan between military and rebel forces. As a result 1.8 million South Sudanese have been displaced, many of whom have taken sanctuary in refugee camps nearby the capital, Juba.
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Letter bomb found at PSNI headquarters
January 8, 2015

A suspicious package that caused a security alert at the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s headquarters was a “viable device”.
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Police search Cramlington home after potentially dangerous liquids found
January 8, 2015

Police are currently searching a Cramlington home after potentially dangerous chemicals and liquids were discovered inside. A 36-year-old man was arrested when officers swooped on the property on Ridley Street at around 11.45am this morning.
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ISIS To Face Tougher Challenge As US Sends More Military Equipment To Iraq
January 7, 2015

The United States has donated 250 mine-resistant, armor-protected (MRAP) vehicles to the Iraqi government to help strengthen the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) to fight against the Islamic State group, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad announced Tuesday.
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No UK troops for Iraq: Government delays plans to send soldiers to fight Islamic State amid fears of casualties in an election year
January 7, 2015

Hundreds of British troops will no longer be sent to help with the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq this month, amid fears of further casualties on the battlefield in an election year.
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Turkey bombing: Female suicide attacker hits Istanbul police station
January 6, 2015

A female suicide bomber has blown herself up in the Turkish city of Istanbul, killing one police officer and injuring another, officials say.
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Saudi Arabia suicide bombing puts country on alert for jihadi attacks
January 5, 2015

Saudi Arabia is on alert for jihadi attacks after a general and two other soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber in the first deadly assault along the country’s border with Iraq since it joined the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State.
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