News – September 2019


  • 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 ...

  • US bomb sniffing dogs sent to Jordan dying from poor care

    September 17, 2019

    A new report from the State Department found that bomb-sniffing dogs sent from the United States to Jordan are not being cared for properly. In a lengthy analysis that included photos of dogs with bones protruding from thin bodies, the Office of Inspector General found that “the Department was providing Explosive Detection Canines (EDCs) to foreign partner nations without the proper follow-up to ensure ...

  • Turkish Army destroys seized explosives in Northern Iraq

    September 16, 2019

    Turkish security forces destroyed seized improvised explosive devices (IED) in northern Iraq Sunday, as part of the country’s ongoing counterterror Operation Claw-3. “In line with the successfully ongoing Operation Claw-3, a total of four IEDs were destroyed,” the Ministry of National Defense said in a statement. On Aug. 23, Turkey launched Operation Claw-3 in northern Iraq ...

  • Taliban IED kills 5 children and women in Farah province

    September 16, 2019

    An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion killed at least 5 people including women and children in western Farah province. The Provincial Police Headquarters said in a statement that the explosion targeted a civilian vehicle in the outskirts of Farah city on Sunday. The statement further added that the Taliban militants had planted the IED in Kariz Sheikhan ...

  • UK: Bomb team searches Maidenhead property after terror arrest

    September 15, 2019

    Counter terrorism officers and a bomb disposal team are searching a property in Maidenhead after a man was arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences. Officers from Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) arrested the 52-year-old Berkshire man under the Terrorism Act on Friday afternoon. He has since been released on bail. Despite the involvement of the EOD (Explosive ...

  • Major Saudi Arabia oil facilities hit by Houthi drone strikes

    September 14, 2019

    Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for a drone attack on the world’s largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia which is vital to global energy supplies. The attacks on the processor and a major oilfield, operated by Saudi Aramco, on early Saturday sparked a huge fire, the kingdom’s interior ministry said. According to Reuters, threes sources claimed the assault ...

  • Afghan forces defuse roadside bomb in Kabul city

    September 14, 2019

    The Afghan forces discovered and defused a roadside bomb planted by terrorists in the 5th district of Kabul city. Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman of the Ministry of Interior said the security forces discovered the bomb in the vicinity of Sarai Herati. Rahimi further added that the terrorists had planted the bomb to target the innocent civilians. The anti-government ...

  • 3 killed in explosive attack in southern Somalia

    September 14, 2019

    At least three people including a local government official were killed on Saturday in a roadside blast along the road linking Bal’ad and Jowhar towns in Somalia’s Middle Shabelle region. The spokesman of HirShabelle state Da’ud Haji Irro told journalists an improvised explosive device (IED) suspected to have been planted on the Gololey village exploded when ...

  • Suicide attack close to Special Forces compound in Kabul city

    September 12, 2019

    An explosion went off close to a compound of the Afghan Special Forces in Kabul, the security officials confirmed. Nusrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior confirmed that the explosion took place in Reshkhor area of Kabul. Rahimi further added it is yet clear what caused the explosion. Meanwhile, another security source said a suicide bomber ...

  • Police find another IED in Isulan

    September 12, 2019

    The town of Isulan in Sultan Kudarat stayed on heightened alert following the discovery of another improvised explosive device (IED) near the cadaver of a shooting victim Tuesday night. The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are digging into the recovered IED and its connection to the shooting of two ...

  • Derry bomb and Strabane mortar signs of ‘changing types of engineering capability’

    September 12, 2019

    PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne has confirmed the ‘New IRA’ bomb discovered in Creggan this week was not the sole target of the operation that saw the deployment of 80 police officers to the estate on Monday. Chief Constable Byrne said it was possible other bomb-making equipment and devices were still being concealed in the area. Speaking ...

  • TSA moving forward with airport screening system deployment

    September 11, 2019

    Several senators voiced concern over the Transportation Security Administration’s slow rollout of new airport screening technology at a hearing Wednesday. Commerce Committee members Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., questioned acting Deputy Administrator Patricia Cogswell about the delay in meeting the TSA Modernization Act requirement. TSA lost about 90 days because a contract for 300 computed tomography ...

  • Navy EOD Exercising In Alaska to Test Unmanned Systems in Frigid Temps

    September 11, 2019

    The Navy’s explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) community is looking to leverage nearly two decades of expertise gained in the mountains of Afghanistan and the deserts in Iraq and apply them to helping the Navy gain sea control and beach access in a future high-end, near-peer adversary type of fight. Elements of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group One ...

  • Multinational exercise Northern Challenge 2019 kicks off in Iceland

    September 11, 2019

    Exercise Northern Challenge 2019 kicked off in Keflavik, Iceland, Sept. 9, 2019. Exercise Northern Challenge 2019 is an annual joint funded, Icelandic Coast Guard-hosted, multinational explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) exercise aimed at preparing Partner for Peace, NATO, and Nordic nations for international deployments, and defense against terrorism. EOD technicians assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) ...

  • Abu Sayyaf bomb expert killed in clash in southern Philippines

    September 11, 2019

    Philippine security forces have killed a Abu Sayyaf terror group’s bomb expert in a clash in a remote village in southern Philippine province Sulu, a military spokesman said on Wednesday. Maj. Arvin Encinas, the spokesperson of the Philippine military’s Western Mindanao Command, identified the slain terrorist as Nanz Sawadjaan, the younger brother of Abu Sayyaf sub-leader ...

  • Army Guard clears itself in investigation of EOD unit’s alleged shortfalls prior to soldier’s combat death

    September 11, 2019

    The Army National Guard has cleared itself in an investigation into whether one of its bomb disposal units was properly trained and equipped prior to a deployment to Afghanistan during which one of its soldiers was killed in action while sweeping for improvised explosive devices. Sgt. James Slape, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the North ...

  • Air cargo CEOs among new US-UK aviation security group

    September 11, 2019

    A new aviation security advisory group with authority to handle highly classified information affecting the trans-Atlantic market will include air cargo executives from private industry. The Transatlantic Aviation Industry Roundtable (TAIR) will serve as a forum in which DHS, its U.K. counterpart, private-sector companies and others in the aviation sector will meet regularly to discuss trans-Atlantic ...