News – April 2015


Explosive detection technology gets cash boost
April 30, 2015
Almost £2m will be injected into a new European project to defeat explosive threats through enhanced detection technologies.
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GPS tracker sparks Phuket hotel bomb scare
April 29, 2015

The provincial Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit cleared the car park at the Royal Phuket City Hotel in Phuket Town in response to a reported potential bomb threat this afternoon.
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NP Morgan Advanced Materials press release photo_smallMorgan helps set new world record at London Marathon 2015
April 28, 2015

Major Iain Church has broken the world record time for completing a marathon wearing a bomb disposal suit. The suit was supplied by Morgan Advanced Materials.
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First Speaker Line-Up confirmed at NCT eXplosive Europe 2015
April 28, 2015

The #1 C-IED and EOD event series is finally coming to Europe! After successful editions in India, Thailand and Cambodia, NCT eXplosive Europe 2015 will take place at the Metropolitan Palace in Belgrade/ Serbia from September 22-24, 2015.
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U.S.-Colombia High-Level Partnership Dialogue
April 27, 2015

Bogota, Columbia – Deputy Secretary Blinken participated in the fifth round of the U.S.-Colombia High-Level Partnership Dialogue in Bogota on April 27. Deputy Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Holguin opened the meeting with remarks.

Rajnath Singh orders formation of National Counter Improvised Explosive Device policy
April 25, 2015

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has ordered the formation of a ‘National Counter Improvised Explosive Device (IED) policy’ to check the pilferage of explosives and detonators that are landing in undesirable hands like Naxals and terrorists leading to IED attacks.

Vietnam thanks US for increasing funding for bomb clearance
April 25, 2015

Minister of National Defence Gen. Phung Quang Thanh has thanked the US for its double increase of funding for post-war bomb and mine clearance, saying that this will help Vietnam deal with the war aftermath and bring a peaceful life for the people.
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Detection and prevention of trafficking of dual-use chemicals and improvised explosive devices in focus of OSCE, World Customs Organization course in Dushanbe

April 24, 2015

A ten-day comprehensive train-the-trainer course on the detection and prevention of trafficking of dual-use chemicals which may be used in the manufacture of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) for 14 instructors from the national training customs institutions of Afghanistan, India, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan concluded today at the OSCE Border Management Staff College in Dushanbe.
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Denmark acknowledges Pak role in counter-terrorism
April 23, 2015

Risalpur—Denmark ambassador to Islamabad Jesper Moller Sorensen on Wednesday said Pakistan was playing a key role in countering terrorism and his country would never forget its great sacrifices in fight against the scourge.

Next generation EDS delivering enhanced performance and throughput
April 20, 2015

The development of Real Time Tomography has been heralded as a breakthrough technical innovation in aviation baggage screening – one that is particularly important in light of the EU’s new Standard 3. Airport Business’ Ross Falconer visited Rapiscan, where Frederic Brouiller, Vice President Sales Aviation, Rapiscan Systems, explained more about the technology.
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The fight against IEDs, a top priority that requires close international cooperation
April 20, 2015 

The second edition of the Counter-IED technology workshop will bring together the world’s leading experts in the field this June in Madrid.
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Spring 2015 edition of the Counter-IED Report is now available to read online and in print

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The Meeting of the Group of Experts on Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) under the Amended Protocol II of the Convention on Certain Weapons
April 20, 2015
The Meeting of the Group of Experts on Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) under the Amended Protocol II of the Convention on Certain Weapons took place on the 9 & 10 April 2015 in Geneva. The work went well and the participation of the delegations attending was important.

Bomb disposal experts called to Darlington after old ammunition found
April 19, 2015

Bomb disposal experts were called to Darlington after old ammunition was found by a member of the public.
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Suicide Bomb Attack Kills 33 In Afghanistan
April 18, 2015

Islamic State claims responsibility for the blast, in what appears to be the first major attack by the jihadists in the country.
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CIA arrests one suspect, recovers two tons of explosives in Faisalabad
April 18, 2015

The Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) recovered two tons of explosive material and arrested one suspect from Faisalabad today (Saturday),
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20th CBRNE troops destroy 75,000 pounds of explosives
April 14, 2015

FORT BLISS, Texas – Soldiers from two U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal companies eliminated more than 75,000 pounds of explosives during operations in New Mexico over the past month.
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Daniel_Craig_UNMASNew global advocate Daniel Craig looks to boost UN’s ‘incredible work’ on mine action
April 14, 2015After designating the renowned actor Daniel Craig as the first United Nations Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards at Headquarters today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon thanked the current James Bond for his commitment to supporting the UN’s vision of a world free from the threat of landmines and explosive remnants of war.
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C-IED-Report-at-UNOG-meeting-Geneva-April-2015The Counter-IED Report presents a paper at the Amended Protocol II Group of Experts Meeting at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland
April 14, 2015

The Counter-IED Report team at Delta Business Media, was invited to present a paper at the Amended Protocol II Group of Experts Meeting at the United Nations on 9th and 10th of April 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland.
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Combat Support Agency Counters Worldwide IED Threats
April 6, 2015
The organization that has fought for a decade to defeat improvised explosive devices used by American enemies in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars has become a combat support agency, its director said in a recent interview.
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The National Explosives Task Force keeps a watchful eye on IEDs
April 6, 2015
The National Explosives Task Force (NETF) is a multi-agency assemblage of bomb technicians, analysts, and professional staff formed in 2011 quickly to analyze and disseminate intelligence related to improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other explosive materials in the United States.
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New products to help train dogs for explosive detection
April 6, 2015
The Department of Homeland Security (USA) has been conducting independent assessments and developing products to assist canine explosive teams.
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Viable device discovered in the Phoenix Park
April 4, 2015
An Army Bomb Disposal Team rendered safe a historic yet viable Mills type grenade in the Phoenix Park, Co Dublin this evening.
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New York women inspired by IS plotted bombing, FBI says
April 2, 2015

The FBI has arrested two women on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack, similar to the Boston bombing.
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New York women inspired by IS plotted bombing, FBI says
April 2, 2015

The FBI has arrested two women on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack, similar to the Boston bombing.
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Man jailed after bomb-making equipment found in Edinburgh flat
April 2, 2015

A former Syrian doctor has been jailed for 40 months for having a hoard of explosive ingredients in Edinburgh, and instructions on how to prepare bombs.
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It’s about ‘more than mines’ senior UN official says ahead of International Day of Action
April 1, 2015

As the world marks the tenth anniversary of the passing of the global mine ban treaty and commemoratesInternational Mine Awareness Day, the head of the United Nations’ office dealing with the threat they pose stressed today the importance of looking beyond the effects of just anti-personnel mines.
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Chief of Malaysian Armed Forces to open NCT eXplosive Asia 2015 Conference
March 26, 2015

The Chief of the Malaysian Armed Forces, General Tan Sri Dato (Dr.) Zulkifeli bin Mohd Zin, will deliver the Opening Address at NCT eXplosive Asia! IB Consultancy is much honored that this is the second time the Chief of Armed Forces is opening an NCT event.
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Bureaucrats block special ops intel requests
March 26, 2015

Military bureaucrats have been trying to force an unpopular government-built intelligence system on special operations units deploying to war zones while blocking soldiers from using the commercial alternative they say they need, according to government records and interviews.
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Six killed in suicide bomb near Afghan presidential palace
March 25, 2015

Six people were killed and more than 30 wounded in a suicide bombing in Kabul on Wednesday that struck close to the presidential palace in the heart of the Afghan capital, the Interior Ministry said.
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Interview: Lt. Gen. John Johnson
March 20, 2015

The Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) was founded in 2006, born out of the hastily assembled Army IED Task Force created in 2003 to confront the deadly improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, that US forces were facing in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Joint IED Defeat Organization Selects LMT To Support Rapid Capability Delivery Directorate
March 20, 2015

The Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) selected LMT to provide subject matter expertise and critical support services to its Rapid Capability Delivery (RCD), Directorate Management Branch (DMB) and Integrator and Delivery Division (IDD).
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EOD experts lend knowledge, experience to Iraqi Army in fight against IS
March 20, 2015

BESMAYA, Iraq – The phrase “together we stand, united we fall” has been uttered countless times and still rings true. Nations are rallying together and providing aid and support to allies in need in order to create a stronger force to defeat global enemies.
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Tunisian Elite Police Recount Horror Day at the Museum
March 20, 2015

TUNIS, Tunisia—The two gunmen who attacked Tunisia’s national museum on Wednesday fended off an elite unit of antiterrorism police for nearly two hours and were killed after a grenade they tossed failed to explode.
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Improvised explosive device disposal training in Comox Valley
March 19, 2015

Canadian Armed Forces Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) experts from across Canada gathered in the Comox Valley, British Columbia, recently to conduct training aimed at honing their skills in safely disposing of explosives.
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The Hidden Enemy In Iraq
March 19, 2015

ISIS has deployed IEDs — the homemade bombs that wreaked havoc on U.S. troops — on an unprecedented scale in its fight for Iraq. In the midst of wide-ranging offensives to roll the militants back, men with little training and few supplies work to dispatch the explosives, regularly losing their lives. Mike Giglio reports from key fronts across Iraq.
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Dutch To Develop Counter-IED Labs for EU
March 18, 2015

BRUSSELS — The Netherlands is the lead nation in an EU effort to build two mobile counter-IED labs for use by EU countries at a cost of about €10 million (US $10.6 million).
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Explosives seized in raid on rebel leader’s house
March 18, 2015

MANILA, Philippines – Security forces raided the house occupied by arrested Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) co-founder Mohammad Ali Tambako in General Santos City and seized materials used for explosives.
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HOMSEC has become the business platform in security and defense to Latin America, North Africa and Middle East.
March 17, 2015

HOMSEC 2015, the 5th International Exhibition of National Security Technologies, was held in Madrid between 10 and 12 March.
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Canada joins international treaty to ban deadly cluster bombs
March 17, 2015

Canada has finally ratified the international treaty to ban cluster bombs, joining 89 other states that have pledged to eliminate the deadly weapons.
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New Zealand: Armed forces seek bomb disposal experts
March 16, 2015

New Zealand’s defence force is advertising for highly-motivated problem-solvers to join its bomb disposal team, it’s reported.
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At Least 142 Killed In Yemen Suicide Bombings
March 20, 2015

The previously unknown Sanaa branch of IS claims responsibility for the blasts – saying they are “just the tip of the iceberg”.
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Abu Dhabi Airports signs Dh458m deal
March 17, 2015

The hold baggage systems include the next generation of high-speed explosives detection system.
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Twin bombings at churches in Pakistan kill 14, wound 78
March 15, 2015

Suicide bombings outside two churches in Lahore killed 14 people and wounded nearly 80 others during services on Sunday in attacks claimed by a faction of the Pakistani Taliban.
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Iraqi Kurds say ISIS used chemical weapons against troops
March 15, 2015

Iraqi Kurdish authorities said Saturday that their troops are being attacked by Islamic State fighters using chemical weapons.
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