News – November 2017


  • Soldiers fight a slow moving battle to unearth fake IEDs

    November 9, 2017

    Soldiers armed with metal detectors advance at snail’s pace down a woodland trail. Every scrap of metal they see could be a potential death trap, an improvised explosive device that has all-too-often maimed and killed Canadian and allied soldiers in combat zones. Luckily this is only an exercise, but army engineers on maneuvers in Cape Breton’s Blue ...

  • Iraqi army kills 4 suicide bombers before crossing into Iraq from Syria

    November 9, 2017

    The Iraqi army killed four suicide bombers before crossing into Iraq from Syria on Thursday, a commander was quoted saying. Maj. Gen. Nawman al-Zawbai, commander of the army’s 7th division, told Alsumaria News that a force from the division killed four militants clad in explosive belts who tried to sneak from the Syrian side into Iraq. ...

  • Soldier dies, as troops repel Boko Haram attack in Adamawa

    November 9, 2017

    The Nigerian Army, Monday, lost one of its soldiers just as three others sustained various degrees of injuries from an improvised explosive device, IED, launched by Boko Haram terrorists in Gulak, Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State. This came as troops of 28 Task Force Brigade of Operation Lafiya Dole, killed two female suicide bombers at ...

  • Own IED kills 3 militants, injures 7 in Afghanistan

    November 9, 2017

    An explosion of militants’ Improvised Explosive Device (IED) killed at least three militants and injured seven others in Alishing district of eastern Afghan province of Laghman, a statement said Thursday. “The IED went off accidently late on Wednesday when the Taliban militants were trying to place it in along a road in Dehan Karnaj area of ...

  • Philippines: Police eye Abu Sayyaf in Lamitan City IED blast

    November 9, 2017

    An improvised bomb exploded Tuesday night in a village of Lamitan City, Basilan and brought tension to the neighborhood, police said. Responding elements of the 64th Infantry Battalion and Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit recovered another improvised explosive device (IED) on the scene. According to Basilan Provincial Police Office reports, the IED exploded about 6:30p.m in the compound ...

  • Homeland Security bulletin warns of weaponized drones and threat to aviation

    November 9, 2017

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an updated terror bulletin on Thursday highlighting the threat of weaponized drones, chemical attacks and the continued targeting of commercial aircraft. “We continue to face one of the most challenging threat environments since 9/11, as foreign terrorist organizations exploit the internet to inspire, enable or direct individuals already here in the ...

  • NATO Ministers boost troops for Afghan training mission

    November 9, 2017

    Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed today that NATO will increase its support for Afghanistan as part of its Resolute Support Mission. The United States briefed on its new South Asia strategy, under which its troop numbers in Afghanistan have increased.  27 other nations have also said they will increase their troop numbers in the coming months. ...

  • DIA testing new TSA screening to include laptops, tablets, and even sandwiches you brought from home

    November 8, 2017

    Travelers at Denver International Airport Monday got a taste of new security screening procedures that eventually will be required of everyone boarding a plane in the Mile High City and at 279 other airports worldwide. Transportation Security Administration agents in the Jeppesen Terminal asked passengers to remove all electronic devices larger than a cellphone from their ...

  • Teen guilty of bid to import explosives from dark web

    November 8, 2017

    A teenager has been convicted of trying to import explosives from the dark web with intent to endanger life. Gurtej Singh Randhawa, from Wolverhampton, attempted to buy a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, which would be sent to him. The 19-year old was arrested in May 2017 after the National Crime Agency (NCA) replaced the package with a dummy device ...

  • Six killed, wounded in IED blast southwest of Baghdad

    November 7, 2017

    Six people were killed and wounded on Tuesday when an explosive device went off in Baghdad on Tuesday, according to security sources. The sources told Baghdad Today that an explosive device planted near commercial stores in Haswa, Abu Gharib, exploded, killing one and wounding five others. Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of ...

  • U.S. cuts $2-mln funding to Cambodia’s mine removal effort amid crackdown

    November 7, 2017

    The United States will cut $2 million in funding next year to Cambodia’s leading landmine clearance body, the group said on Tuesday, in what it called a bid to silence government criticism about Vietnam War-era bombs dropped by the U.S. The cut comes amid a crackdown on critics of authoritarian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who could ...

  • UK: Man arrested after ‘suspicious items’ found at house in Sheldon

    November 6, 2017

    A man has been arrested after “suspicious items were found in a house” in Sheldon on Saturday. The 29-year-old was arrested on suspicion of firearms offences on Saturday afternoon. It follows a swoop on a house in Garretts Green Lane just before 1pm. West Midlands Police said they arrested the man in a vehicle on the Solihull By-Pass ...

  • Israel to clear mines from over 15 acres to expand West Bank settlement

    November 6, 2017

    The Defense Ministry has started clearing mines from land adjacent to the Karnei Shomron Regional Council in order to significantly expand the community, The Jerusalem Post learned on Monday. The mine removal was started at the beginning of November and will take an estimated two months to complete. More than 2,200 mines are expected to be ...

  • Lockdown at Durham police station after ‘historical explosives’ handed in

    November 6, 2017

    Durham city centre was in lockdown on Monday evening after historical explosive devices were handed in at a police station. Several nearby office buildings were evacuated as bomb disposal experts worked to remove them. Experts carried out a controlled detonation in a nearby sports ground. Police said the items were handed in to the front desk at the ...

  • Pakistan: IEDs, landmines still a serious threat in FATA

    November 5, 2017

    Landmines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are posing a serious threat to the lives of innocent tribesmen who after experiencing the worst kind of sizzling heat and chilly cold weather in adjacent Khyber Pakhtunkhwa districts, are returning to their homes in North and South Waziristan Agencies. Compared to North Waziristan and the rest of the Federally ...

  • Electronic Weapons: JCREW Survives Major Upgrade

    November 3, 2017

    The U.S. has finally completed a 2011 effort to upgrade the JCREW (Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare) jammers used to disable IEDs (improvised explosive devices) detonated wirelessly. Another update was underway but was delayed six years because, well, because of a lot of things. In 2011 JCREW 3.1 had been a big success ...

  • Homes evacuated as Army tackles explosive devices

    November 3, 2017

    More than a dozen homes had to be evacuated after two pipe bombs were discovered on a housing estate. The Army bomb squad was called in on Thursday night after the improvised explosives and components for a third device were found in the Moneymore area of Drogheda. The bombs, described as viable, were made safe at the ...

  • State approves extension of Estonia’s missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo

    November 2, 2017

    The Estonian government on Thursday approved the extension of the mission of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo by a period of one year. The government gave its nod to a motion to extend by one year the participation of the EDF in the Resolute Support NATO follow-up mission in Afghanistan with ...

  • Afghan army defuses 64 landmines, IEDs in day: gov’t

    November 2, 2017

    The Afghan army found and defused 64 landmines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) within a day, said country’s defense ministry on Thursday. “The Afghan National Army (ANA) engineering teams found and destroyed 64 rounds of landmines and IEDs in different provinces within the past 24 hours,” the ministry said in a statement. Taliban militants and Islamic State ...

  • UK provides $4 million de-mining kit for Sirte

    November 2, 2017

    The UK has supplied $4 million of explosives-handling equipment for use in Sirte and by the US firm that has been engaged to help clear unexploded ordnance from the town. British ambassador Peter Millet said:“This equipment is a tangible sign of the UK’s commitment to helping the people of Sirte, Benghazi, and other areas rebuild their ...