News – August 2020


  • In Burkina Faso, US Troops Train Local Soldiers

    August 11, 2020

    The United States’s military involvement in Burkina Faso is opaque. Even diplomats and military officials from other countries who are based in Burkina Faso told the Mail & Guardian that they have little knowledge of what exactly is happening on the ground. According to Major Andrew Caulk, public affairs director for Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAFRICA), ...

  • Afghanistan: Back to back explosions leave 10 civilians dead in Kandahar province

    August 10, 2020

    Two back to back explosions left at least ten civilians dead in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan, the local officials confirmed. Jamal Naseri, a spokesperson for Kandahar Police, confirmed that the two explosions took place late on Sunday night in Arghistan district. According to Naseri, the first explosion took place Shanarai area of Arghistan, targeting a civilian ...

  • Second explosion reported in Kabul city in less than 24 hours

    August 10, 2020

    A second explosion took place in Kabul city, less than 24 hours after a similar explosion killed or wounded at least 7 people. Ferdaws Faramurz, a spokesperson for Kabul Police Headquarters, confirmed that an explosion took place in the 9th district of Kabul city earlier today. Faramurz further added that the explosion took place in Makroryan area ...

  • Pakistan: At least five killed, 10 injured in Chaman blast

    August 10, 2020

    At least five people have reportedly been killed in a blast that occurred near an under-construction building on the Mall Road in Chaman on Monday, according to the police. Around 10 others have said to be injured in the blast. Security forces have cordoned off the area, whereas the injured have been taken to a nearby ...

  • Pentagon updates electronic warfare handbook with new cross-branch approach

    August 10, 2020

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has updated its handbook on electronic warfare, changing it to a more all-encompassing, cross-branch approach for planning, executing and assessing operations on the electromagnetic spectrum. The document, which is dated May 2020 but was not made public until late July, eliminates and replaces the previous joint publication for electronic warfare and ...

  • Joint mine clearance exercise 3B Divex started on Monday

    August 10, 2020

    A joint mine clearance exercise of the navies of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, 3B Divex 2020, is taking place in Narva Bay this week, in the course of which war-era explosive devices left in the area will be relocated and destroyed and international interoperability and routines of action rehearsed. 1st Lt. Priit Kaasikmäe, commander of the ...

  • IED Explosion in Kabul kills 2 civilians, injures 5 security forces

    August 9, 2020

    An explosion shook Kabul city soon after the Afghan leaders concluded a 3-day traditional grand council (Loya Jirga) deciding to release the remaining 400 Taliban prisoners. Kabul police confirmed an IED explosion in Company Bazaar of district 5 which happened around 3:40 on Sunday afternoon. The Kabul police spokesperson, Ferdaws Faramarz told Khaama Press that two civilians ...

  • Philippines: NPA ‘lair’ in Sultan Kudarat yields IEDs, bomb-making parts

    August 9, 2020

    Government forces conducting security patrol in the hinterlands of Sultan Kudarat province found improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in a suspected communist New People’s Army (NPA) lair on Saturday. Lt. Col. Rommel Valencia, commander of the Army’s 7th Infantry Battalion, said elements of the Bravo Company responded to a report by a concerned citizen about the presence ...

  • Blast from the past: 40 years ago Tahoe casino bombing was biggest in US history

    August 8, 2020

    The letter next to the faux copy machine at Harvey’s Resort Hotel on Aug. 26, 1980, started with a warning. “Do not move or tilt this bomb, because the mechanism controlling the detonators in it will set it off at a movement of less than .01 of the open end Ricter scale.” A bomb threat in Tahoe’s ...

  • Task Force Koa Moana 20 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Marines make history on Peleliu

    August 7, 2020

    The island of Peleliu, Republic of Palau, is a tropical paradise with dense jungles, coral rock beaches, stretching reefs and sandbars just below the surface of the clear turquoise waves. However, encounters with unexploded ordnance from World War II are a fact of life in on the island of Peleliu that still endangers the local ...

  • UK: Bomb squad called as suspected explosives are found in garage

    August 7, 2020

    A bomb squad was called to a quiet village near Ashby today after suspected explosive materials were discovered in a garage at a house. A man had been clearing out the property, in North Close, Blackfordby, and came across the materials, and suspecting they were explosives, he called the police. Officers from Leicestershire police went to the ...

  • Incendiary balloons may spell end of quiet on Israel-Hamas border

    August 7, 2020

    Israeli fighter jets struck underground Hamas infrastructure in the Gaza Strip on the night of Aug. 5. The Israel Defense Forces did not offer any other details on the nature of the target. The strike came hours after several explosive-laden balloons were launched from the Strip. A spokesperson for the Fire and Rescue Service said that ...

  • EOD Marines Compete For The Top Team Of The Year

    August 7, 2020

    CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — “A competition is not supposed to be easy, it’s mentally and physically demanding, you can see it in their faces,” said Reuter. “The biggest challenge for the Marines is being able to overcome all challenges.” Marines from various units participated in the 2nd annual EOD Team of the Year Competition at Camp Lejeune, ...

  • Bomb disposal expert urges government funding to safeguard explosive stockpiles

    August 7, 2020

    Governments need to provide more funding to prevent catastrophes such as the Beirut port blasts by making explosive stockpiles safe, a leading bomb disposal expert has said. The Middle East is a particular area for concern with massive arsenals of hazardous materials such as ammonium nitrate and ammunition, warned Simon Conway of Halo, the landmine clearance ...

  • NATO boosts scientific cooperation with Ukraine

    August 7, 2020

    The NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme provides the Ukrainian scientific community with a platform to work side-by-side with NATO Allies and partner countries on security-related issues. Ukraine is currently leading 27 ongoing activities, one of which is a key flagship project in the field of counter-terrorism called DEXTER (Detection of Explosives and Firearms ...

  • California: Riverside County Sheriff hazardous device team remains on call 24 hours a day

    August 7, 2020

    If an unexploded or suspicious explosive device is found anywhere in Riverside County, one of eight highly trained sheriff’s deputies, day or night, can climb into their unmarked truck parked at home nearest the location and be at the scene, hopefully in minutes. They are the members of the Riverside County hazardous device team. Each team ...

  • Discovery of unexploded bombs in eastern Thailand linked to Cambodian civil war

    August 7, 2020

    5 unexploded bombs have been discovered in the eastern Thai province of Sa Kaeo, with the devices believed to be relics from the Cambodian civil war in the 1970s. Locals from the village of Tubtim Siam alerted officials after finding the unexploded ordinance in their area. The Pattaya News reports that the devices included bombs and ...

  • DHS chief details attacks by rioters on law enforcement in Portland with sledgehammers, IEDs

    August 6, 2020

    Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Thursday detailed to senators the assaults that federal law enforcement had been subjected to from rioters in Portland — saying officers had been attacked with weapons including sledgehammers and improvised explosive devices (IED). “Our federal officers have faced assaults from bricks, baseball bats, sledgehammers, Molotov cocktails, mortar-style commercial-grade fireworks, ...

  • Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems 2020 announced as a Virtual Event

    August 6, 2020

    SMi Group Reports: Due to the ongoing challenges surrounding COVID-19, Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems in September will now run as a virtual event. With the continued uncertainty surrounding large gatherings in the UK, SMi Group have made the decision to turn the 3rd annual Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems Conference on the 2nd-3rd September 2020 into ...

  • 7 civilians killed as Taliban roadside bomb goes off in West of Afghanistan

    August 6, 2020

    A roadside bomb planted by Taliban militants went off in western Nimroz province of Afghanistan, killing at least seven civilians, the local authorities said. Bahram Khel, the acting spokesperson for the provincial government, confirmed that the incident took place in Khash Rod district. He said a vehicle carrying civilians struck a roadside bomb planted by Taliban militants ...