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  • The good dog who is bad at sniffing out bombs

    October 19, 2017

    This is Lulu, the Labrador who joined the CIA as one of their newest recruits. Her mission: to sniff out explosives. But weeks into her training programme Lulu just wasn’t making the grade. A life at the United States Central Intelligence Agency, it seems, was not for her. So she had to be dropped from the puppy ...

  • Afghan army base destroyed by Taliban suicide bombers

    October 19, 2017

    At least 43 Afghan soldiers have been killed after two suicide bombers in Humvee trucks targeted a military base in the southern province of Kandahar. Nine others were wounded and six were missing, the defence ministry said. Ten militants were also said to have died. The attack, which happened in the Chashmo area of Maiwand district, is ...

  • ‘Mafia’ blows doors off police station in Helsingborg

    October 18, 2017

    An organised crime group is believed to be behind an explosion that blew the doors off a police station in Sweden. The blast, in the early hours of Wednesday, caused severe damage to the main police offices in Helsingborg and houses opposite. Images showed glass scattered across a wide area, doors missing and the roof above the ...

  • New Organisation Aims To Strengthen Global Border Security

    October 18, 2017

    London, UK: – A former UK Border Force head is behind a new organisation that aims to strengthen border management globally. The International Border Management and Technologies Association (IBMATA) is the brainchild of Tony Smith, who also led the UK government’s border security programme for London 2012 which saw three million athletes, coaches, spectators and officials processed at the ...

  • Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise Begins Off Coast of South Korea

    October 16, 2017

    Maritime forces from the United States and Republic of Korea (ROK), together with personnel from United Nations Command (UNC) Sending State nations, commenced Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise (MN MIWEX) in waters off of the eastern coast of the Republic of Korea, Oct. 15. USS Chief (MCM 14) departed Busan after a short visit to join ROK ...

  • Maltese journalist who led Panama Papers investigation killed in car bomb

    October 16, 2017

    Malta’s prime minister has appealed for national unity following the murder of a campaigning journalist who had accused his government of corruption. Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, achieved fame and notoriety for investigative reporting laced with scathing commentary about allegedly corrupt officials and businessmen. She was killed on Monday when a powerful bomb blew up her car. Police said the bomb ...

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

    October 16, 2017

    Articles, in-depth analysis and insights from NATO HQ SACT, C-IED Centre of Excellence, Asia Pacific Counter IED Fusion Center (APCFC), United States Africa Command, C-IED cell chief for Headquarters Joint Force Command Brunssum, Norwegian People’s Aid and many more. To view contents please visit the following link: Counter-IED Report Autumn 2017 contents pages or subscribe here. We would ...

  • Somalia: At least 230 dead in Mogadishu blast

    October 15, 2017

    A massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday is now known to have killed at least 230 people, police say. Hundreds more were wounded when a lorry packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel. It is the deadliest terror attack in Somalia since the Islamist al-Shabab group ...

  • Russian security services bust ISIS cell preparing ‘high-profile’ attacks

    October 14, 2017

    The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has uncovered a ‘sleeper cell’ linked to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) that was active both in Moscow and the North Caucasus region, the Russian National Antiterrorist Committee said. Four members of the cell were detained. In Makhachkala, the capital of Russia’s southern Republic of Dagestan, security forces also discovered two extremist ...

  • Portsmouth navy divers save ship packed 1,000 tonnes of fuel after anchor spears torpedo

    October 13, 2017

    In a freak accident the merchant vessel’s anchor speared a test torpedo The ship was laden with about 1,000 tonnes of fuel Elite navy divers from Portsmouth evacuate most of ship’s crew while they went about destroying the explosive Royal Navy bomb disposal experts kept a cool head as they blew up a test torpedo which ...

  • Lethal roadside bomb that killed scores of U.S. troops reappears in Iraq

    October 12, 2017

    A roadside bomb that killed an American soldier in Iraq this month was of a particularly lethal design not seen in six years, and its reappearance on the battlefield suggests that U.S. troops could again be facing a threat that bedeviled them at the height of the insurgency here, U.S. military officials said. The device was of a ...

  • EU steps up its assistance for the stabilisation of Iraq

    October 12, 2017

    The European Commission has today adopted a €60.4 million stabilisation package to support Iraq after the liberation of areas held by Da’esh, with the country still facing humanitarian, security, stabilisation and reconciliation challenges. This new funding comes in addition to EU humanitarian aid in the country and other forms of financial assistance that now total €608.4 ...

  • Tougher penalties for suspects even ‘slightly involved’ in terrorism plots

    October 12, 2017

    New, tougher sentences have been proposed to deal with “less sophisticated” yet “equally dangerous” terror plots. The Sentencing Council, which draws up penalty guidelines for England and Wales, issued the first draft of sentences for terrorism-related offences ever handed to a court. In view of the heightened terrorist threat in the UK, stricter punishments may now apply ...

  • When Big Data went to war — and lost

    October 12, 2017

    On October 1, 2017, a roadside bomb northwest of Baghdad killed Spc. Alexander W. Missildine. The 20-year-old was the latest American soldier to die in a war that had lasted, in some form or another, since he was in kindergarten. And as much as the Iraq War had changed over the past 14 years, the ...

  • Accused Chelsea bomber’s fingerprints are all over explosives: expert

    October 10, 2017

    A whopping 44 out of 50 fingerprints found on explosive devices and other evidence from last year’s bombings in NY and NJ are linked to Ahmad Rahimi, an FBI fingerprint expert told a Manhattan federal jury Tuesday. FBI forensic analyst D.J. Fife said he found Rahimi’s finger prints on cell phones, parts of pressure-cooker bombs and ...

  • 7 militants blown up by own bomb in Laghman

    October 10, 2017

    At least seven Taliban insurgents have been killed and nine others injured by their own bomb in Alingar district of eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Tuesday. Sarhadi Zwak, the governor’s spokesman told Pajhwok Afghan News that the incident happened when explosives inside the militants’ car went off in Elga Gul area of the district on Monday ...

  • Navy’s COBRA Mine Detection System Achieves Initial Operational Capability

    October 10, 2017

    The U.S. Navy AN/DVS-1 Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) system airborne mine detection system achieved initial operational capability, program, announced Oct. 10. Known as COBRA, the system detects and localizes minefields and obstacles when flown over a beach zone area which can be integrated with the U.S. Navy’s MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned air system. The ...

  • Department of Justice: ISIS Sympathizer Arrested in Cranford, Plotting the “Next 9/11” with Two Accomplices

    October 8, 2017

    The Department of Justice released details of a thwarted terror plot to attack New York City during the summer of 2016 on Friday. Three men, who were arrested in 2016 and 2017, planned to detonate bombs in Times Square and the New York City subway system and shoot civilians at concert venues in support of ISIS, ...