News – February 2020


  • US, Afghan Taliban Sign Peace Deal

    February 29, 2020

    After nearly 19 years of fighting, representatives of the United States and Afghan Taliban signed a peace deal Saturday in Doha, Qatar. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was among those witnessing the signing of the agreement, which is intended to lead to talks between the Taliban and Afghan government officials on ending their conflict, and ...

  • QinetiQ to Sponsor Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems 2020 in London

    February 28, 2020

    SMi Reports: QinetiQ will be sponsoring, exhibiting and presenting at the Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems Conference in London, this April. The 3rd Annual Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) Conference, taking place on the 1st-2nd April 2020 in London, will give delegates an excellent opportunity to meet and network with leading OEMs and international militaries ...

  • General Dynamics Land Systems, Saab Barracuda & Thales UK to present at Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness 2020

    February 28, 2020

    SMi Reports: Key OEMs and systems integrators will be presenting exclusive briefings on their latest developments at the conference in London, this April This year’s Future Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness conference, taking place on the 1st-2nd April 2020 in London, will provide a perfect platform to network, exchange novel solutions and consolidate current strategy. The two-day ...

  • Esper and Stoltenberg to visit Afghanistan for a joint declaration announcement

    February 27, 2020

    The U.S Secretary of Defence and NATO Secretary-General will be visiting Afghanistan as the U.S and Taliban are to sign the peace deal on Saturday, an official said. Seddiq Seddiqi, a spokesperson to President Palace said the U.S Secretary of Defenses, Mike Esper and the NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg will meet President Ghani tomorrow to announce ...

  • Army seizes IEDs, bomb-making materials in Maguindanao, Philippines

    February 27, 2020

    Government forces on Thursday discovered a hideout of the Islamic State-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Maguindanao and seized explosives and bomb-making components in the area. Acting on a tip from civilians that confirmed Army intelligence information about the presence of BIFF bomb makers in the marshland of Maguindanao, the Army’s 57th Infantry Battalion (57IB) ...

  • Afghanistan: 8 Security Incidents Reported on Sixth Day of Reduction in Violence Plan (RIV)

    February 27, 2020

    Along with a security incident in Balkh that claimed an Afghan policeman’s life, on the sixth day of the reduction in violence plan (RIV) there was also twin blasts in Kabul, three reported incidents in Herat, and the Taliban claimed two IED attacks on government forces vehicles in Kandahar. The incident in Balkh occurred when a ...

  • One killed and six injured in Kabul IED explosion

    February 27, 2020

    According to reports, an explosion occurred in the 6th district of Kabul city on Thursday evening. Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesperson to the Ministry of Interior Affairs confirmed the incident and said the explosion occurred at the Sar-e-Kariz area of district 6 in Kabul at 06:20 evening time on Thursday. It was an IED blast attached to a ...

  • Why job of clearing Cambodia’s landmines is giving locals the chance to improve their lives

    February 27, 2020

    Six years ago, Soy Kossal stepped on a landmine as he walked along a well-trodden path to his fields in Battambang province in northwestern Cambodia. The force blew off his right leg, leaving the 28-year-old part-time carpenter a cripple, with no immediate hope of being able to support his wife and family. His tale is all ...

  • NATO EOD Demonstrations and Trials 2020, 23-24 September 2020, Bratislava, Slovakia

    February 26, 2020

    Press release by EOD COE The leading theme of the 2020 year’s event is “Technological innovations influencing future EOD and related capabilities” as a challenge for NATO and Partners Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) coming from various EOD and related domains, academia, industry and other organizations involved in the fight against terrorism. Bringing together all these vital ...

  • Laos to clear wartime unexploded ordnance from 10,000 hectares of land in 2020

    February 26, 2020

    Lao National Regulatory Authority (NRA) for the UXO/Mine Action Sector has set a target on Tuesday to clear and destroy unexploded ordnance (UXO) on 10,000 hectares of land in 2020. The target was reported at the annual meeting of the NRA to summarise the work plan for 2020. The meeting was attended by Lao Minister of Labor ...

  • South Africa: Police on routine patrols catch man with a bag full of explosives

    February 26, 2020

    Krugersdorp detectives caught a man with explosives that could be used in cash-in-transit heists, ATM bombings and illegal mining. The Krugersdorp Police recently arrested a man who was in possession of explosives. In a statement sent by the Krugersdorp Police spokesperson, Captain Raymond Sebonyane, he said Krugersdorp Crime Office (Detectives) police members led by Sergeant Bantobetse arrested ...

  • Three Irish soldiers injured after IED explodes near convoy in Mali

    February 25, 2020

    The injured troops’ next of kins and families have been contacted. A spokesman said: “Earlier today, Defence Forces personnel deployed with the United Nations MINUSMA mission in Mali were involved in an operational incident. “While conducting a Patrol east of their base in GAO, three of our soldiers sustained minor injuries when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) ...

  • 29 people injured in explosion at pro-Abiy rally in Ethiopia

    February 24, 2020

    29 people were injured in an explosion at a rally held in support of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Ambo town in Ethiopia’s Oromia region on Sunday. The Prime Minister was not present at the rally, which was convened by local officials. Arasa Merdasa, the top police official in the region, said that six people were arrested ...

  • Controlled explosion carried out by the EOD in Nottingham

    February 24, 2020

    Nottinghamshire Police has allowed residents of Manvers Court back to their homes following a report of a suspicious package. Officers were called just after 10.20 am today (24 February) to Manvers Court in Manvers Street, Nottingham. A cordon was put in place and residents were evacuated as a precaution. The army’s bomb disposal unit was called to the ...

  • Iraq: 4 killed, 6 wounded in separate attacks

    February 24, 2020

    Four people were killed and six others wounded in two separate attacks in Iraq, authorities said early Monday. In a statement, police said unknown attackers killed a traffic officer as well as a civilian in eastern Baghdad province. A civil servant working for the Education Ministry was killed in Sadr City in the capital Baghdad by armed ...

  • Motorcycle bomb blast injures 10 in Southern Thailand

    February 24, 2020

    Ten people, including an assistant district chief and three students, were injured by a motorcycle bomb blast on Monday, believed to be revenge for the killing of five suspected insurgents during a clash with security officers in Narathiwat on Sunday. A home-made bomb strapped to a motorcycle parked by the roadside was thought to have targeted ...

  • Indiana: Man arrested after officers find ‘several explosive devices’ in home, police say

    February 22, 2020

    A man is in jail on a $30,000 cash bond after officers say they found several explosive devices at his home during an investigation. The Rockport Police Department says they received a tip about drug activity at the residence on Friday. They say officers went to the home to investigate and received written consent to search. During ...

  • Afghanistan: Civilian casualties exceed 10,000 for sixth straight year

    February 22, 2020

    More than 10,000 civilians in Afghanistan were killed and injured last year, according to a new United Nations report that details record-high levels of civilian harm in the ongoing conflict. “Almost no civilian in Afghanistan has escaped being personally affected in some way by the ongoing violence,” Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Special Representative for Afghanistan and ...

  • Cambodia: 2,000 troops to help in demining

    February 21, 2020

    A total of 2,000 members of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) will be deployed as part of humanitarian demining efforts throughout a five-year period until 2025. According to the Phnom Penh Post, Prime Minister Hun Sen had authorised the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) 2020-2025 for access to funds to be used ...

  • CENTCOM Asks For More Drones, Money To Build Up Base In Oman

    February 21, 2020

    The top US commander the Middle East wants an infusion of $371 million to buy more drones, surveillance, and force protection to cover the American troop surge in the region, while indicating he’s interested in building up an emerging logistics hub in Oman. The request is more evidence that the military, despite promises to draw down ...