News – October 2017


  • U.S.-led Coalition’s Support to Continue After Raqqa’s Liberation, Official Says

    October 31, 2017

    The Syrian Democratic Forces’ Oct. 20 liberation of Raqqa, Syria, exposed the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s lies and cowardice and the evil of its ideology, Army Maj. Gen. James B. Jarrard, commander of Special Operations Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, told Pentagon reporters today. Briefing the press via teleconference from Baghdad, the commander said ...

  • Angola’s Huila province destroys over 200 unexploded ordnance

    October 31, 2017

    More than 200 unexploded ordnance removed from Angola’s southern Huila province have been destroyed on the occasion of the International Week for the Disarmament of Civil Population, which is ending Tuesday. The unexploded ordnance, including antipersonnel mines and grenades, were destroyed Monday by the National Demining Institute, in Humpata region of Huila province. Read more… Source: News Ghana  

  • Kabul Green Zone: Blast kills many, officials say

    October 31, 2017

    At least three people have been killed and 13 injured in a powerful explosion in central Kabul, Afghan officials say. Ambulances have been ferrying victims of the blast in the capital’s diplomatic zone to hospital. The number of dead and injured is expected to rise. A Reuters TV crew counted eight people who appeared dead. It is not ...

  • Bomb squad swoop on derelict Preston pub

    October 30, 2017

    Bomb squad officers raced to a derelict pub in Preston this afternoon after reports that a qualtity of dynamite has been discovered. Specialists from the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit (EOD) were called in by police to deal with the find at The Shawes Arms in London Road. Staff and customers at an adjacent car valet ...

  • India: Airports to have bomb detection and disposal squads

    October 30, 2017

    Bomb detection and disposal squads will now be available at airports across India as part of efforts to strengthen security that also include upgradation of baggage screening systems to bring them on a par with global standards. The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has simplified rules to make this possible, officials said. “The new rules will ...

  • Somalia Mogadishu: Explosions rock capital

    October 28, 2017

    Two explosions have rocked the Somali capital Mogadishu, just two weeks after huge bomb killed more than 350 people. The first blast was caused by a car bomb being driven into a hotel. Militants then stormed the building. The second explosion took place near the former parliament house nearby. The number of casualties is unclear. The Islamist militant ...

  • Istanbul police foil major ISIL bomb attack

    October 28, 2017

    Istanbul police have foiled a major Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) bomb attack and brought down two jihadist cells in the city. According to police, a car loaded with explosives and a bomb-laden motorcycle were found in the parking lot of a shopping mall in Istanbul’s Bayrampaşa district on Oct. 28. Anti-terror police launched ...

  • British ‘Hurt Locker’ explosives expert is killed while clearing ISIS bombs in Syria

    October 28, 2017

    A British bomb disposal expert has reportedly been killed clearing ISIS explosives in Syria where he was working to make homes safe for families. Former Lance Corporal Chris Harris, 41, was in newly liberated Raqqa when it is believed he triggered a device linked to infra-red sensors. Mr Harris, of Hockley, Essex, married wife Claudie, 34, in August and yesterday she ...

  • Sri Lanka Army Mine Detection Dog team honored for the second consecutive year in US

    October 27, 2017

    A Mine Detection Dog (MDD) Team from the Sri Lanka Army was honored by the U.S.-based Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) at its 20th Anniversary Clearing the Path Gala in Washington D.C on October 24. This is the second consecutive year the honor has been bestowed on a Sri Lankan mine detection dog team. MLI’s annual gala ...

  • Egypt battles landmines 75 years after El Alamein

    October 27, 2017

    Fighting in the pivotal WWII battle of El Alamein may have stopped 75 years ago but Egypt is now waging another war against a hidden enemy: landmines. On a recent visit by foreign officials, personnel from the military’s Western Desert Mine Clearance Regiment swept detectors across a stretch of sand as they showcased the painstaking work ...

  • Explosive device kills UN peacekeepers in Mali

    October 26, 2017

    At least three UN peacekeepers in northern Mali have been killed and two others wounded when their vehicle struck a mine or an improvised explosive device, according to officials. The explosion happened at 14:30 GMT on Thursdayas the vehicle was escorting a “logistical convoy”, on the road between Tessalit and Aguelhok. A statement by the United Nations mission in Mali ...

  • Nationalist MP survives scooter bombing in Ukraine

    October 26, 2017

    A combative nationalist MP has been wounded and two others killed in an explosion in Kiev, the sixth assassination attempt by a vehicle bomb in Ukraine in 15 months. Ihor Mosiychuk, a member of the opposition Radical Party who has previously started fistfights in parliament and been imprisoned on terrorism and corruption allegations, was injured when ...

  • UK: Would-be thieves blow up Darlington Matalan ATM

    October 26, 2017

    A cash machine has been blown up outside a Matalan in Darlington. The machine outside the store was targeted at about 01:20 BST with the explosion heard around the area. Durham Police said the blast on Neasham Road was not terror-related and it is believed a “quantity of cash” has been stolen. Resident Harry Chown, 28, said he ...

  • The Pentagon’s IED-Hunters Have a New Target: Drones

    October 26, 2017

    After a decade of ups and downs, JIDO has added the counter-UAV mission. A short list of U.S. military outfits that develop tools and techniques to fight enemy drones includes DARPA, the services’ research labs — and now, the group created more than a decade ago to solve the IED problem. Founded in the early 2000s as a taskforce with a budget ...

  • Mine Countermeasures Evolving Towards Mix-And-Match Capabilities, Personnel

    October 25, 2017

    The Navy is trending towards a mix-and-match set of people, platforms and sensors to detect and destroy mines, a departure from the simpler legacy mine countermeasures setup with a single helicopter type and a single wooden-hull ship class, set for replacement by the new Littoral Combat Ship and its neatly defined mission package. “The more the merrier in terms ...

  • IED attached to drone in Mexico could show evolution of drug cartel tactics

    October 25, 2017

    The recent arrest in Mexico of four men carrying a drone equipped with an improvised explosive device “ready to be detonated” has stoked fears drug cartels could soon target the U.S. with bombs from above. Mexican Federal Police arrested four men Oct. 20 in Guanajuanto who were driving a stolen vehicle equipped with a 3DR Solo ...

  • Royal Navy Divers Tackle Speared Torpedo

    October 24, 2017

    Royal Navy divers have destroyed a test torpedo which had been speared by the anchor of a merchant vessel. The historic piece of machinery had been pierced by the anchor and dragged up from the 15-meter depth at which it had lain. A Portsmouth-based Diving Unit were dispatched, and immediately evacuated the vessel’s crew – with six remaining ...

  • UK Forces Will Be Sent ‘Outside The Wire’ In Iraq As Islamic State Retreats

    October 24, 2017

    British personnel in Iraq will be sent ‘outside the wire’ as part of a change in strategy in the fight against so-called Islamic State. UK forces deployed at Iraq’s Al-Asad Airbase will train further forward, and provide enhanced protection for those Brits working in and around coalition bases. 2 RIFLES currently provide counter-IED, infantry and combat medical training to Iraqi Security Forces ...

  • Mortar Shell, Grenade, or IED? Families returning to Marawi taught how to identify explosives

    October 24, 2017

    Philippine teachers on Tuesday gave families returning to the destroyed lakeside city of Marawi a course on how to identify unexploded bombs in their homes and warned them to stay clear. The five-month battle to retake Marawi from pro-Islamic State rebels left the city in ruins. The government announced the end of military operations on Monday ...

  • CJTF-HOA gathers for Defense Attaché Conference in Uganda

    October 24, 2017

    Military leaders from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa joined subject matter experts from a variety of government agencies at the 2017 East African Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché Conference at the Speke Resort in Kampala, Uganda, Oct. 17-18. Discussions on strategies for regional peace and security of East African partner nations were highlighted. The two-day event ...