News – June 2020


  • Suicide bombing at Kabul mosque kills two, wounds two

    June 3, 2020

    A security guard for the U.S. Embassy and a prominent religious scholar died after a suicide bomb blast struck a mosque near the entrance of Kabul’s diplomatic zone Tuesday night. The blast at the Wazir Akbar Khan mosque, located about half a mile from the U.S. Embassy, killed its prayer leader, Ayaz Niazi, a scholar and ...

  • Jordan arrests five over West Bank suicide attack plot

    June 3, 2020

    Cell leader said to have received training in Gaza, planned to infiltrate West Bank and conduct bomb attacks Jordan is holding a trial for five suspects involved in an alleged plot to conduct suicide attacks against Israeli targets in the West Bank, AFP reported Tuesday. According to a judiciary source cited by the agency, the trial began recently at ...

  • ISIS in Africa: The End of the “Sahel Exception”

    June 2, 2020

    This article will analyze two exceptions. The first is the long absence of confrontation between al Qaeda and Islamic state offshoots in the Sahel area. The second is an elected official conducting negotiations with an al Qaeda offshoot. Both constitute the “Sahel exception.” The first factor has ended, but the second still holds. Al Qaeda and ...

  • Marine veteran adopts dog who saved his life in Afghanistan

    June 2, 2020

    A black Labrador retriever named Blue has saved Byung “BK” Kang’s life so many times, he’s lost count. The two served on more than 300 combat missions while serving together in the United States Marine Corps on a deployment to Afghanistan from 2011-2012. Blue, a military dog trained to detect bombs called improvised explosive devices, was ...

  • Kansas soldier to be sentenced in explosives, napalm case

    June 2, 2020

    The sentencing of a U.S. Army soldier whose two convictions for providing information on how to manufacture an explosive device and napalm has been postponed to mid-July, U.S. District Court records show. Jarrett William Smith, 24, had been scheduled to be sentenced on June 8, but that was re-scheduled to July 15 due to the COVID-19 ...

  • Stash of explosive devices discovered in Russia’s Chuvashia

    June 2, 2020

    Investigators in Russia’s Chuvashia Region initiated criminal proceedings over terrorism charges after a stash of improvised explosive devices was found, the Investigative Committee’s regional directorate announced Tuesday. “Criminal proceedings were initiated over preparations to conduct a terror attack under Article 205 of the Russian Criminal Code. During searches, officers of the Federal Security Service Directorate for the Republic ...

  • Bombing kills Iraqi soldiers near disputed town, as anti-terror operations continue

    June 2, 2020

    The Iraqi army on Monday announced that an improvised explosive device (IED) had killed two of its soldiers, as they were conducting anti-terror operations near the disputed town of Makhmour, some 100 kilometers southeast of Mosul. Iraq’s Security Media Cell, the country’s official military communications center, said in a statement that the IED blew up under ...

  • UK: Bomb disposal team called out to Penryn’s Masonic Lodge

    June 2, 2020

    The Royal Navy’s bomb disposal team was called out to Penryn after a “suspicious incendiary device” was found outside a building in the town. Devon and Cornwall Police says officers were called out at 11.10am to reports of the device outside the back door of the Masonic Hall in New Street. A team from the Royal Navy ...

  • Landmine blast kills 7 laborers in Afghanistan

    June 2, 2020

    A landmine blast in Afghanistan’s restive northern Kunduz province killed at least seven farm laborers, an official confirmed on Tuesday. The governor’s spokesman Esmatullah Muradi told Anadolu Agency the incident took place in the Jungle Bashi area of Khan Abad district last evening where an improvised explosive device planted by the Taliban hit a convoy of ...

  • The threat of Wilayat al Sinai in Egypt

    June 1, 2020

    The Sinai Peninsula is a strategically and economically significant region of Egypt, which is bordered by the Gaza Strip, Israel, the Gulf of Aqaba, the Mediterranean Sea, and – most importantly – the Suez Canal, where 8% of global trade transits occur, including 3% of global oil supplies. The insurgency in the Sinai region, which is ...

  • NATO’s new SCR takes up role in Afghanistan at a critical juncture

    June 1, 2020

    Stefano Pontecorvo assumed the role of the NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan at a critical juncture for Afghanistan’s future. The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said “Ambassador Pontecorvo brings a long-standing diplomatic experience, including on Afghanistan and the broad regional context. I look forward to working closely with him at this critical juncture for Afghanistan’s ...

  • Afghanistan: 2 children killed, wounded in an explosion in Nangarhar province

    June 1, 2020

    An explosion killed or wounded two children in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, the Afghan military said. The 201st Silab Corps in a statement said an improvised explosive device, planted by anti-government armed elements, went off in Shabi area of Deh Bala district in Nangarhar. The statement further added that the explosion killed a child and wounded ...

  • Airport security experts to approach industry for new baggage screening technologies to speed passengers

    May 27, 2020

    Goal is a net false alarm rate of less than 10 percent with advanced technologies that can pinpoint home-made explosives in checked passenger baggage. Washington: – U.S. aviation security experts are asking industry to come up with improved ways of screening airport passenger baggage for a wide variety of home-made explosives with reduced false-alarm rates, and an ability to ...