News – January 2018


  • Afghan militants involved in Kurram agency IED blast: Sources

    January 31, 2018

    The militants based in neighboring Afghanistan were involved in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast which occurred in Kurram agency yesterday, sources said on Wednesday. On Tuesday, eight people including three women and a child were killed when their vehicle struck a landmine in Ghos Ghari area of Kurram agency. Sources said that the Afghan militants were ...

  • Michigan Tech Professor Presents Defense Research on the Hill

    January 30, 2018

    A computer engineer from Michigan Technological University is helping find bombs—before they go off. Tim Havens, William and Gloria Jackson Associate Professor of Computer Systems, Director of both the Center for Data Sciences and the Data Science Graduate Program at Michigan Tech, will present his research on Sensor-fused Explosive Hazard Detection at the U.S. Capitol in ...

  • Need to fight in a tunnel or find hidden IEDs? Ask Lt. Col. Liron Aroch how

    January 30, 2018

    There’s an active Hamas attack tunnel deep inside Israeli territory, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the Gaza Strip, stretching tens of meters and full of hiding spots, offshoots and storage depots. There are others like it, too. But unlike the three border-crossing attack tunnels that the Israel Defense Forces has destroyed in the past three ...

  • Security & Counter Terror Expo 2018: bringing together the international community to enhance global security

    January 29, 2018

    The threat of terrorism continues to have far reaching effects on every day life with a total of 25 terrorist attacks taking place across Europe in 2017. As risk from lone-wolf attacks and sophisticated ransomware increases, security professionals are faced with a growing challenge to evolve and stay one step ahead by investing in new ...

  • Somalia: AU Peacekeepers Targeted in Landmine Blast in Beledweyne

    January 29, 2018

    A landmine explosion struck a military convoy carrying African Union peacekeepers in Beledweyne city, the regional capital of Hiran province on Monday morning. A witness told Radio Shabelle that an improvised explosive device at the east of the town. Read more… Source: AllAfrica  

  • Eleven soldiers killed as militants attack army unit in Kabul, Afghanistan

    January 29, 2018

    At least 11 soldiers have died and 16 are wounded after insurgents attacked an army unit guarding a military academy in the Afghan capital Kabul. The assault began when a suicide bomber struck the troops before other militants opened fire in an early-morning raid. Islamic State says it was behind the attack near the Marshal Fahim academy, ...

  • Winter 2017/18 edition of the Counter-IED Report magazine is now available to read online and in print

    January 29, 2018

    Articles, in-depth analysis and insights from C-IED Centre of Excellence, U.S. Army Europe’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) in Germany, Swedish EOD and Demining Centre-SWEDEC, TNO Organization for Applied Scientific Research Netherlands, and many more. To view contents please visit the following link: Counter-IED Report Winter 2017-18 contents pages or subscribe here. We would like to thank all ...

  • Kabul attack: Taliban kill 95 with ambulance bomb in Afghan capital

    January 27, 2018

    A suicide bombing has killed at least 95 people and injured 158 others in the centre of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, officials say. Attackers drove an ambulance laden with explosives past a police checkpoint in a secure zone, home to government offices and foreign embassies. The target is believed to have been an interior ministry building, but many ...

  • Palestinians find 12 barrel bombs planted in Area A road

    January 27, 2018

    Unclear who was the target for the explosives, which were planted in a road mostly used by Palestinian civilians but at times also used by IDF vehicles; bombs weigh 20-30 kg and were planted a long time ago The Palestinian Security Services have uncovered 12 barrel bombs planted along a road in the Tulkarm area, a ...

  • Colombia bomb attack kills at least five police, wounds dozens

    January 27, 2018

    An early morning bomb attack outside a police station in Colombia’s coastal city of Barranquilla killed at least five police officers and wounded 42 on Saturday, authorities said. The attack targeted the officers as they gathered in the San Jose neighborhood to receive their orders for the day in what police denounced as an “act of ...

  • Taliban “Red Unit” no match for Afghan Commandos

    January 26, 2018

    7th Special Operations Kandak Commandos conducted a nighttime helicopter air assault raid on a known Taliban “Red Unit” compound in De Daraband Sar, Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Jan. 26, 2018. The special operators seized and destroyed approximately 453 kg of the Taliban’s homemade explosives, and detained 17 persons of interest. The Commandos also identified ...

  • Out with the old, in with the new: Modernized EOD x-ray system saves time, lives

    January 26, 2018

    When some people think of an x-ray, they might picture a person in a white lab coat pointing at a backlit image of a human skeleton. Suppose the very same technology used to provide doctors with an ability to see the inner workings of a human body could be used to detect explosive devices. It is ...

  • Defense Threat Reduction Agency: 20 Years of Making the World Safer

    January 25, 2018

    “As an agency, DTRA started 20 years ago, but it wasn’t starting from scratch,” said Vayl Oxford, DTRA director. “It was initially created to focus various C-WMD efforts throughout the Department of Defense, and we’ve been building on those past successes ever since.” Under the Defense Reform Initiative of 1997, the Defense Special Weapons Agency, the ...

  • Afghan army recovers, destroys 40 improvised bombs in 24 hrs

    January 24, 2018

    Afghan army personnel found and destroyed 40 different improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and landmines over the last 24 hours, Afghan defense ministry said Wednesday. “The deadly weapons were found and destroyed by Afghan National Army (ANA) engineering teams in different provinces since early Tuesday, naturalizing several potential explosions,” the ministry said in a statement. Read more… Source: XINHUANET  

  • Pressure cooker IED found in Pampore

    January 24, 2018

    A spokesman of the CRPF said that “an IED fitted in a three-litre pressure cooker was detected by alert jawans of the force at Kandizal-Tangpora village near the railway station.” RPF personnel Wednesday detected and defused a pressure cooker IED near a railway station in Pampore area of Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. The recovery ...

  • 1st SFAB EOD specialists prepare for upcoming deployment at JRTC

    January 23, 2018

    As a Soldier in the Army, Spc. Christian Klinefelter, an explosive ordnance disposal specialist from 5th Battalion, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, was excelling in his career – even looking forward to competing for the title of Soldier of the Quarter. Now that he is in the 1st SFAB, he is looking forward to working alongside ...

  • Palestine Joins Global Push to Eliminate Landmines

    January 22, 2018

    Palestine has become the 164th state to ban antipersonnel landmines, another sign of the growing global stigma against these abhorrent weapons. Palestine acceded to the Mine Ban Treaty following the treaty’s annual meeting in Vienna in December. Palestine has expressed support the treaty for the past two decades. Despite the fact Palestine doesn’t possess these weapons, the move to join the ...

  • U.S. requires tougher cargo screening from Middle East airports

    January 22, 2018

    The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said on Monday it will require six Middle Eastern carriers to undergo enhanced cargo screening as part of an effort to raise global aviation security. The emergency amendment covers carriers in five countries flying out of seven airports and focuses “on last points of departure locations where the threat is ...

  • Bomb at pork stall in market in Thailand’s south kills three, wounds 22

    January 22, 2018

    A motorcycle bomb exploded in a market in Thailand’s southern Yala province on Monday, killing three people and wounding 22, a spokesman for the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) said, the first such attack in the region in months.The mostly Muslim provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala in Thailand’s far south are home to a long-running ...

  • Trial set for man accused of making bomb parts for jihadists

    January 21, 2018

    A decade ago, military police raiding a Baghdad apartment during the Iraq War discovered bomb-making materials that authorities say contained the fingerprints of a Syrian man now accused of making a key component for improvised explosive devices for a jihadist group that attacked American soldiers. Ahmed Alahmedalabdaloklah (AL-ah-med-AL-ab-dahl-OK’-lah) is accused of making circuit boards used to ...