News – June 2021


  • US Forces Shoot Down Armed Drone Over Iraq Embassy Hours After Rocket Attack

    July 6, 2021

    US forces shot down an armed drone above their embassy in Baghdad on Monday night, Iraqi security officials said, hours after a rocket attack on a base housing US soldiers in the west of the country. American defence systems fired rockets into the air in Baghdad, according to AFP reporters, with Iraqi security sources saying the ...

  • CISA And FBI Launch Operation Flashpoint To Raise Awareness About How To Prevent Bomb Making

    June 30, 2021

    CLINTON, Miss. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced a new pilot program today called “Operation Flashpoint” to build awareness in communities across the U.S. about how to prevent bomb attacks. At the pilot’s launch today at Revell Ace ...

  • Laos to boost clearance capacity of unexploded bombs

    June 30, 2021

    Laos will continue to work with all development partners including the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to improve the quality of life of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) victims. This was the message at a meeting led by Catherine Phuong, a representative of the UNDP, and Acting Chief of the Political Economic Section at the U.S. Embassy Brian ...

  • U.S. Army hosts Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician hiring days around nation

    June 30, 2021

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – The U.S. Army is hosting a series of in-service hiring days for enlisted Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians at installations across the nation from July through September. The hiring days will be held on different Army installations and the dates, times and locations will be advertised on garrison social media sites and ...

  • Turkish military destroys IEDs planted by PKK terrorists in N. Iraq

    June 30, 2021

    Turkish security forces have neutralized improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted by the PKK terrorists in Operation Claw-Lightning and Claw-Thunderbolt areas in northern Iraq, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday. Turkish soldiers in the Metina, Avashin-Basyan regions in northern Iraq have exterminated explosives laid by the PKK terrorists, the ministry said. Northern Iraq is known as the location of ...

  • New General Manager takes helm of NCI Agency

    June 30, 2021

    NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) General Manager Kevin J Scheid handed over leadership to Ludwig Decamps on 30 June 2021, marking the end of Scheid’s four-year tenure as General Manager. Ludwig Decamps joined the Agency as Director Demand Management on 1 March 2017 and became full-time Chief Operating Officer (COO) on 15 February 2018. ...

  • Afghanistan: An explosion in the city of Jalalabad injured four civilians.

    June 29, 2021

    An explosion in the city of Jalalabad injured four civilians. Farid Khan, spokesman for the Nangarhar police chief, told RFE / RL that the blast took place at around 2pm on Tuesday in the Do Sarkeh area of the 7th district of Jalalabad. According to Farid Khan, the bomb was placed on a bicycle. On Monday, an ...

  • Nagorno Karabakh: U.S. Senators request funds for demining in Artsakh

    June 29, 2021

    A bipartisan letter led by Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Todd Young (R-IN) is calling for funds to support demining in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh), the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) reports. The letter, which was addressed to the Senate Appropriations Committee, requests $2 million for Conventional Weapons Destruction programs for demining in Artsakh following the 44-day ...

  • Kenya: Cops kill al Shabaab, intercept guns and IED materials in Garissa

    June 29, 2021

    A suspected al Shabaab terrorist was on Monday killed as police intercepted a donkey carrying two AK 47 rifles, bomb making materials at the main border in Liboi, Garissa County. Officers in the operation said the suspect who had the donkey was shot and killed as the animal with the cart were scrambled. “They were headed for ...

  • EXU-1, Marines, and Energetics Manufacturing Department Team Up for Joint Forces

    June 28, 2021

    When the Navy’s Expeditionary Exploitation Unit-1 (EXU-1) teamed up with the U.S. Marine Corps’ Littoral Explosive Ordnance Neutralization (LEON) group for the first joint evolution with Marine explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) operators, they received some unexpected help from the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division’s (NSWC IHD) Energetics Manufacturing (M) Department. Due to the inherent ...

  • UK: First elements of new Counter Terrorism Operations Centre in London unveiled

    June 28, 2021

    The first elements of the new Counter Terrorism Operations Centre (CTOC) in London have been unveiled. They include a cutting-edge counter terrorism operations suite which is now fully operational and a dedicated, state-of-the-art counter terrorism forensics laboratory to follow soon. The first completed section of the new CTOC, which is being housed within the Empress State Building ...

  • Boko Haram: 350,000 dead in Nigeria — UN

    June 28, 2021

    Insurgency-related conflicts claimed the lives of almost 350,000 lives in the North-eastern part of Nigeria up till the end 2020, a new report of the United Nations Develop Programme (UNDP) has said. The report said insurgency directly resulted to the death of 35,000 people in three states in the region, while an estimated 314,000 people died ...

  • DR Congo imposes curfew in Beni after weekend bombings

    June 28, 2021

    People in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s city of Beni have woken up to a curfew on Monday after three bombs rocked the east of the country, with authorities warning they had reports more attacks were being planned. On Sunday morning, a makeshift bomb went off in a Catholic church in the city, injuring two ...

  • Afghanistan: 1 Civilian Killed, 4 Wounded in Nangarhar Blast

    June 28, 2021

    At least one civilian was killed and four more were wounded–including two women–in a blast that targeted a vehicle in the eastern province of Nangarhar on Monday morning, local security officials said. The blast took place in PD5 of Jalalabad city, the capital of the province, when a vehicle was hit by a roadside mine, said ...

  • Pakistan: Karachi Police Detains ‘Wanted Terrorist’ In Intelligence-Based Raid

    June 28, 2021

    The police in Ittehad Town has on Sunday claimed to have arrested in an intelligence-based raid an alleged notorious terrorist belonging to a banned outfit, ARY News reported. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kaemari Fida Hussain said at least half kilogram explosives and hand grenades were confiscated from his possession at the time of the arrest. Read ...

  • Somalia: Roadside explosion leaves 1 soldier dead in Puntland

    June 27, 2021

    On Saturday, Jun. 26 one soldier died and another three were injured in a roadside explosion aiming at Puntland region’s security minister. The blast aimed at a convoy of Puntland State Security Minister, Abdisamad Galan close to Bali Dhidin village in Bari region on the suburbs of Bosaso, northeast Somalia, said the state-owned television in a ...

  • First drone attack in India marks new phase for Kashmir dispute

    June 27, 2021

    Indian officials said Sunday they suspect explosives-laden drones were used to attack an air base in the disputed region of Kashmir, calling it the first such incident of its kind in India. Dilbagh Singh, the region’s police director-general, told the private news channel New Delhi Television that “drones with payload were used in both the blasts.” ...

  • Somalia: More than 20 killed in al-Shabaab attack in Mudug

    June 27, 2021

    At least twenty were on Sunday killed and more than thirty others injured after al-Shabaab attacked a military base in Somalia’s central region. According to officials and witnesses, Al-Shabaab used a Vehicle Borne Improvised Device (VBIED) to breach the gate of the base before heavily armed fighters engaged the soldiers. “At around 4:30 am, as the soldiers ...

  • Afghanistan: 13 people wounded in blast targeting bus in Parwan

    June 27, 2021

    At least 13 people were wounded after a roadside bomb struck a passenger bus in the Charikar, the capital of Parwan province, on Sunday, local officials said. Mohammad Sadiq Hashimi, the Parwan crime branch chief, told Ariana News that the bus – carrying 20 passengers to Kabul – was targeted in the Badar-e-Sabiqa Ghorband area of ...

  • Car bomb kills three in Kurdish city of Afrin in northern Syria

    June 26, 2021

    28 Three people were reportedly killed when a car bomb exploded in the Kurdish city of Afrin in the northern countryside of Syria’s Aleppo province. A source told Kurdistan 24 that the explosive-laden vehicle blew up at the entrance of the city. According to early reports, three people were killed in the blast, including a child, ...

  • 5 Iraqi policemen killed in roadside bombing in Daquq

    June 26, 2021

    Five members of the Iraqi federal police were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in the northern province of Kirkuk, a source said. The incident took place on Friday, when a roadside bomb exploded near a federal police vehicle outside the town of Daquq, some 250 km north of the capital Baghdad, the source told ...

  • NATO strengthens its partnership with Mauritania

    June 25, 2021

    NATO and Mauritania are further developing their long-standing partnership, by widening the scope of their political dialogue and practical cooperation. NATO civil and military officials have just completed a trip to Mauritania, where they discussed opportunities for potential additional advice, training and capacity building activities in support to Mauritanian national defence and security structures and ...

  • UK: Explosives arrest after substances found in Lincolnshire

    June 25, 2021

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing explosive substances after the bomb squad were called and people evacuated from homes in Lincolnshire. A controlled explosion was carried out on the unknown substance found by police at a house in Queensway in Sturton by Stow on Wednesday. Residents had to leave their homes and part of ...

  • Pakistan: Five FC soldiers martyred in Balochistan terrorist attack

    June 25, 2021

    At least five soldiers of Frontier Corps (FC) were martyred in Balochistan’s Sibi district on Friday after terrorists attacked a patrol of the security forces, said a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) In another incident, the terrorists targeted an FC vehicle with an improvised explosive device (IED) in Turbat. Resultantly, two soldiers of ...

  • Defence and Security Accelerator Competition: Defence Innovation Loans

    June 24, 2021

    The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) supported by Innovate UK Loans Ltd (Innovate UK) are working together to offer a new Defence funding competition: the Defence Innovation Loan, which currently has £10M available to fund Innovative Defence solutions. This service provides an opportunity for single small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with solutions to Defence themed ...

  • Azerbaijan: Working group on mine clearance eyes mine risk awareness

    June 24, 2021

    The working group on clearing mines and unexploded ordnance on de-occupied territories has held its meeting and mainly focused on mine risk awareness steps, the local media reported on June 24. The meeting considered issues reflected in reports made about the mine clearance operations on the liberated territories. According to the identified priorities, information was provided ...

  • Southern African bloc to send troops to insurgency-hit Mozambique

    June 24, 2021

    Southern African countries agreed to deploy forces to help quell a jihadist insurgency, as military and security sources said late Wednesday there had been fresh clashes with Islamist militants in northern Mozambique. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) approved the deployment of the “SADC Standby Force in support of Mozambique to combat… terrorism and acts of ...

  • UN opens office for counter-terrorism and training in Africa

    June 24, 2021

    Morocco and the United Nations on Thursday inaugurated a U.N. office for counter-terrorism and training in Africa, that’s seeing increasing extremist violence. Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita warned of terrorist threats sweeping across parts of the continent. “(Africa) is not only the new ground of returning foreign terrorist fighters, but it has also become a homeland for ...