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Welcome to the Counter-IED Report website, one-stop information and news source for Counter-IED professionals worldwide. The Counter-IED Report is a leading international subscription-based publication, which serves as an information source to communicate the latest developments in the fight against the IED threat. The aim of the Counter-IED Report is to identify technological advances as well as strategies and tactics for countering threat networks, reduce IED manufacture and placement, assist post-conflict humanitarian demining and capacity building efforts worldwide. We strive to deliver an up-to-date, first-hand expert knowledge, and facilitate information sharing between stakeholders, academia and the industry. The report is published in print, eBook and PDF formats, and distributed worldwide. The distribution is tailored to the highly engaged audience of EOD, CIED, CBRNe, Defence, Law Enforcement, CT and Security professionals and senior decision makers in government, public and private sectors. Additional print copies of the Report are also distributed at the relevant Defence and Security events through our Media Partnership Programme.


Latest News


  • ISIL claims bus bombing in Iraq’s Karbala that killed 12

    September 21, 2019

    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack near the Iraqi city of Karbala on Friday, the group’s Amaq news agency said. Iraqi security services said on Friday that 12 people were killed and five wounded when a bus was bombed near the city, which is holy to Shia Muslims, 100 kilometres ...

  • One in three planned attacks linked to far-Right, says police chief

    September 20, 2019

    Neil Basu, the UK head of counter-terrorism, said seven of the 22 plots foiled since March 2017 have been linked to the far-Right. Around 80 of the 800 live investigations were linked to Right-wing terrorism. The Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner said yesterday: “It’s small but it’s my fastest-growing problem. Despite the increases, Right-wing terrorism remains a ...

  • Blast Kills Pakistani Army Officer, Soldier Near Afghan Border

    September 20, 2019

    Authorities in Pakistan said Friday an army major and a soldier were killed in a bomb explosion near the border with Afghanistan. The Pakistani military said the improvised explosive device (IED) was targeted at workers who were installing a border security fence in the remote Mohmand district. Military spokesman Major-General Asif Ghafoor noted in a brief statement ...

  • MacDill AFB’s EOD supports ATF in federal case

    September 20, 2019

    The 6th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight assigned to MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, led a joint disposal operation along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, at the Avon Park Air Force Range Sept. 8-11. In 2016, the ATF began investigating a prior convicted felon for the possession and distribution ...

  • DHS Scientist Develops Chemical-Based Contraband Detection Method

    September 20, 2019

    A chemist from the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Laboratory has created an approach to detect contraband from luggage and clothing. Jim Deline, a scientist from TSL, has built a device that can gather traces of contamination through the use of a special swab, DHS said Thursday. Additionally, screening officers can analyze and validate the presence of ...

  • Over 260 troops killed or injured in Naxal IED blasts, forces launch operations

    September 19, 2019

    Security forces deployed in the anti-Naxal combat grid have launched a massive operation to find out and defuse IEDs as over 260 troops have either been killed or injured in these blasts in the last about three years, officials said Thursday. They said the decision has been taken after it was seen that Maoists were increasingly ...

  • Some 200 WWII landmines found in Zuid-Holland field

    September 19, 2019

    Around 200 landmines from the Second World War were found in a field in ‘s-Gravendeel in Zuid-Holland on Wednesday. The Ministry of Defense’s explosives disposal department will remove the landmines and safely detonate them elsewhere on Thursday, NU.nl reports. The owner of the field found the explosives while he was working on the land on Wednesday ...

  • Humanitarian mine action – global engagement against mines and cluster munitions

    September 19, 2019

    Landmines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) still kill or maim thousands of people around the world each year. When the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (Ottawa Treaty) entered into force 20 years ago, the number of victims initially declined. Today, the situation is different. Conflicts are increasingly being fought by non-state actors that ...

  • Why troops love the overpowered MICLIC

    September 18, 2019

    It’s time to go take out the enemy position. Whether it’s North Korean artillerymen raining rounds down on Seoul or an insurgency bomb factory, your most important targets can be protected by mines and IEDs that will slow down even the most determined force. But there’s a tool made of 1,750 pounds of C4 that ...

  • Air Force foils Taliban bid to detonate Tanker truck and car packed with explosives

    September 18, 2019

    The security forces foiled Taliban bid to detonate a Tanker truck and car packed with explosives in South-eastern Paktiya province. The 203rd Thunder Corps said in a statement the Air Forces conducted an airstrike in Zurmat district which destroyed a Tanker truck and car packed with explosives. The statement further added that the Taliban militants were intending ...

  • UN and Red Cross chiefs appeal for end to use of explosive weapons in cities

    September 18, 2019

    António Guterres and Peter Maurer have issued a joint appeal which calls on countries and warring parties to avoid the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. “When cities are bombed and shelled – whether by airstrikes, rockets, artillery or improvised explosive devices – civilians overwhelmingly bear the brunt,” they said. “In fact, the large majority of casualties – ...

  • Excelsior Challenge prepares first responders for emergency situations

    September 18, 2019

    More than 100 first responders came together Wednesday for the 2019 Excelsior Challenge. The training took place at the Department of Homeland Security’s State Preparedness Training Center at 5900 Airport Rd. in Oriskany. Bomb squads, explosive detection canine teams and tactical teams from around the state received hands-on training to help increase coordination amongst each other. The ...

  • Western Sahara: Moroccan mines cause new victims

    September 18, 2019

    A Mauritanian citizen was injured Monday following the explosion of a Moroccan fragmentation bomb in an area close to the Moroccan wall, at about 90km from the Sahrawi region of Tifariti. According to the Sahrawi Office of Mine Action Coordination SMACO, it is a Mauritanian citizen called Ali Yaslem, born in 1989, injured in the explosion ...

  • Explosive ordnance disposal from Afghanistan to the Ukraine

    September 18, 2019

    As one of very few efforts to clear war-torn areas from landmines and other explosives, the HALO Trust’s work is vital for affected communities in bringing about an environment that allows social and economic activities to return to normal as well as begin to flourish once again. Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) is essentially the safe disposal ...

  • Milipol Paris 2019: Ali Soufan and Kumar Ramakrishna: Two international experts in the fight against terrorism to speak at the opening conference

    September 18, 2019

    Milipol Paris 2019, the international event for homeland security and safety, will take place from 19 to 22 November 2019, at the Paris-Nord Villepinte exhibition centre. More than 1,000 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors are expected at stands, workshops, demos and the new Innovation and Research stage. For its 21st edition, the opening conference will feature two ...

  • Helping defuse explosive situations: Meet the Air Force’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit at JBSA

    September 17, 2019

    The Air Force’s 902nd civil engineering squadron explosive ordnance disposal unit, known as the EOD unit, is based at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The unit handles, retrieves and defuses dangerous explosive devices that are military-owned with a coverage area ranging from a large portion of Dallas to the South Texas border. During a tour offered by ...

  • Drones are levelling the playing field in the asymmetrical arms race – and superpowers are worried

    September 17, 2019

    The potential use of drones to cripple as much as half of Saudi national oil production this week highlights a growing threat in modern-day conflict. The attack has shown that Saudi Arabia — the world’s third largest defence spender — is incapable of defending arguably its most protected non-military installation in Abqaiq. It is estimated ...

  • Pennsylvania man accused of using drone to drop explosives on ex-girlfriend’s property

    September 17, 2019

    The attorney for a Pennsylvania man is exploring a plea agreement after federal prosecutors accused him of targeting his ex-girlfriend in a series of explosions. According to prosecutors, 43-year-old Jason Muzzicato dropped explosive devices from a drone onto his ex-girlfriend’s property, rattling a Washington Township, Pa., neighborhood this spring and summer. Muzzicato is not directly charged with ...

  • IEDs and the Mine Ban Convention: a minefield of definitions?

    September 17, 2019

    The year 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention. It will also see the five-yearly Review Conference of the Convention take place in Oslo in November. This momentum has brought about a renewed focus of States Parties and other stakeholders on further strengthening implementation to ensure continued ...


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