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  • Iran point man wounded in Syria marks change of tide

    12/01/2015 8:46:11 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/01/15 | Shahriar Kia
    Revolutionary Guards Quds Force's notorious chief Qassem Suleimani severely injured in clashes south of Aleppo For nearly 5 years the Revolutionary Guards Quds Force’s notorious chief Qassem Suleimani has been spearheading Iran’s full-pledged support for the Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. This shadowy figure has been the symbol of Tehran’s infamous plots in Syria, and reports have also indicated Suleimani was running the show and issuing orders to senior Syrian generals and political officials, and at times, even Assad himself. Enjoying the full support of and reporting only to Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei, Suleimani had unimaginable authority in Syria. That...
  • Foxs Rosen: Sources Claim Bergdahls Taliban Collaboration As Serious As You Can Imagine

    06/04/2014 11:40:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 4, 2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    Fox News reporter James Rosen claimed intelligence sources have told him not only that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl willingly collaborated with the Taliban, but that his involvement with the terrorist group may be as serious as you can imagine. Rosen spoke with Bill OReilly Wednesday night about his ongoing conversations with intelligence and Pentagon officials regarding both old and new investigations into Bergdahls likely desertion and possibly treasonous activities. My reporting has shown that the intelligence community also undertook a separate [from the Army] investigation of Sgt. Bergdahl, Rosen explained, both his final period of active duty that culminated in...
  • Obama is leaving IEDs for the next President, just as Clinton did to Bush

    04/18/2016 3:01:45 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 19 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-18-16 | DrJohn
    When Bill Clinton left office, he left a burgeoning recession on George W. Bush's doorstep. That wasn't the only thing he left Bush. He left Bush Osama Bin Laden. Clinton has openly boasted thathe could have killed Bin Laden and chose not to try. In fact, Clinton had numerous opportunities to kill Bin Laden. But there's more. Under Bush Bill Clinton buried an IED. The IED was a house of cards built upon lousy mortgages and trash securities sold as high value. And it was all legal, thanks to Bill Clinton. Clinton pushed Fannie to 51% subprimes, made predatory lending...
  • 2 Iraqis indicted on terrorism charges in Kentucky, charged with aiding al Qaeda in Iraq

    05/31/2011 3:23:08 PM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 16 replies ^ | May 31, 2011, 12:14 p.m. | Michael A. Memoli
    The Justice Department announced Tuesday the indictment of two Iraqis currently living in Kentucky on terrorism charges that included an alleged plot to deliver explosives and Stinger missiles for use against Americans abroad. Waad Ramadan Alwan, 30, and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 23, were arrested in Kentucky on May 25, and a federal grand jury in Bowling Green returned the 23-count indictment the next day. Each faces life in prison if convicted of the charges. Alwan has been under investigation since September 2009. Over the last eight years, officials say, he allegedly has supported efforts to kill U.S. forces in Iraq,...
  • Two Iraqi Nationals Indicted on Federal Terrorism Charges in Kentucky

    05/31/2011 11:20:01 AM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 16 replies
    US Dept of Justice ^ | May 31, 2011
    WASHINGTON -- An Iraqi citizen who allegedly carried out numerous Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq and another Iraqi national alleged to have participated in the insurgency in Iraq have been arrested and indicted on federal terrorism charges in the Western District of Kentucky. The arrests in Bowling Green, Ky., and the criminal complaints and indictment unsealed today were announced by Todd Hinnen, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security
  • Dead Suspect's Father: He's Muslim and 'Very Religious'

    12/03/2015 4:56:11 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 123 replies
    News Max ^ | 12/2/2015 | Todd Beamon
    A man who was linked Wednesday to the San Bernardino, Calif., shootings was described by someone who identified himself as his father as a Muslim who was "very religious." NBC News has reported that one of the suspects killed by police after the shootings at the Inland Regional Center is Syed Farook. Farook and a woman were killed in a gunfight with police in nearby Redlands after the rampage at the center that killed 14 people and wounded 17 others. San Bernardino County records showed that someone with that name was an employee at the county's Environmental Health Department. The...
  • The Freeper-Identify Which is a Bomb Test (educational vanity)

    09/19/2015 8:52:24 PM PDT · by Cubs Fan · 59 replies
    I was surprised to see a lot of freepers getting mad at a teacher for not knowing how to correctly identify what is or isn't a bomb. (I am generally happy when a teacher just knows their own subject matter but I guess some here expect them to be demolitions experts as well) So I devised a little test to see how many armchair teachers think they could have done better So let's begin--who can correctly identify which of these ten picture are of bombs and which are not. 1View post on 2View post on 3View post on...
  • Obama Admin Will Not Reveal to Congress Number of Americans Killed By Iran

    09/18/2015 6:19:03 AM PDT · by don-o · 31 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 18, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    The Obama administration is declining to inform Congress about the number of American citizens and troops killed by Iran and its terror proxies, according to a document provided to Congress and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The administration was repeatedly asked by Congress to release figures describing how many Americans and Israelis have been killed by Irans military and terror activities since the countrys 1979 revolution. In a series of on-the-record responses obtained exclusively by the Free Beacon, and provided in written form to Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), Kerry sidestepped the questions on all of the three separate...
  • Rumors: Iran Dictator Khamenei Has Died

    03/07/2015 10:39:18 PM PST · by Dave346 · 126 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7 Mar 2015 | by Jordan Schachtel
    Washington, D.C. - Social media is ablaze with rumors that Iranian dictator Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has died. Iranian state-media has yet to confirm or deny such rumors. Cairo-based journalist Gamal Sultan wrote on social media that Khamenei died after suffering from a bout with prostate cancer, after surgery failed to alter the course of his demise, according to Rassd News Network. Daniel J. Levy of The Times Of Israel wrote on Twitter late Saturday: Hearing unconfirmed reports from a usually very reliable source of Ayatollah Khameneis death today. On Friday, Iranian media confirmed that The commander of the Islamic Revolution,...
  • Inside America's secret 'bomb library' housing 100,000 IEDs ... to hunt down terrorists

    11/22/2013 8:38:20 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 18:11 EST, 22 November 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Full title:Weapons of war: Inside America's secret 'bomb library' housing 100,000 IEDs from Afghanistan and Iraq to hunt down terroristsIt's a nondescript warehouse on the outskirts of Washington D.C., but hidden inside are the remains of 100,000 explosives specifically designed to harm U.S. troops. America's secret 'bomb library' holds many of the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) which have killed hundreds of military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks. They've been collected to help identify individual bomb makers and to develop high-tech responses. The Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC) at the FBI Lab was set up about...
  • Al-Qaeda Propagandist Called For Attacks On Sports Events

    04/16/2013 2:13:26 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 141 replies ^ | April 16, 2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( Although no group has claimed responsibility for Mondays deadly bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon, a leading al-Qaeda ideologue last year recommended that jihadists in America include sporting events in their list of prospective terror targets.
  • Top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan: Were Willing to Fight But Not Willing to Be Murdered'

    10/01/2012 6:56:59 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 58 replies ^ | 10/1/12 | Susan Jones
    ( - Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, says he's "mad as hell" about the increasing number of insider attacks, in which Afghan soldiers and police murder the Americans who are trying to train them. "You know, we're willing to sacrifice a lot for this campaign. But we're not willing to be murdered for it," Gen. Allen told CBS' "60 Minutes" in a segment that aired on Sunday. Gen. Allen told CBS Correspondent Lara Logan that the insider attacks will continue: "The enemy recognizes this is a vulnerability. You know, in Iraq, the signature weapon system that...
  • Encouraging Iran by doing nothing

    06/06/2012 7:05:49 AM PDT · by Milagros · 1 replies
    WoPo ^ | May 28, 2012 | J. Rubin
    Encouraging Iran by doing nothing Washington Post (blog) - May 28, 2012 By Jennifer Rubin This is just the latest incident in Iran's war against the West, and against the United States specifically. Iran has facilitated deaths of Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan. It plotted to kill a Saudi diplomat on our soil. And now this. Does the Obama administration retaliate for these acts of aggression? No, and in fairness the Bush administration enacted no penalty either for the deaths of U.S. troops in Iraq or Afghanistan attributable to Iranian IEDs.
  • Mexican Cartels Using IEDs

    04/09/2010 10:46:22 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 25 replies · 782+ views
    KRGV ^ | 04/09/2010 | Will Ripley and Lisa Cortez
    AUSTIN - The Mexican military seized improvised explosive devices just miles from the Valley. The IEDs (or roadside bombs) are the same weapons terrorists use in the Middle East. The homemade explosives can be sophisticated or crude. They're often deadly. They've killed troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. CHANNEL 5 NEWS learned the weapons are also in the hands of the drug cartels in Mexico. On March 30, more than 50 cartel members attacked the Mexican military in Matamoros and Reynosa. Eighteen people died. Soldiers seized 50 rifles, 60 hand grenades, and eight IEDs. "The seizure of the IEDs is definitely...
  • Great New Video: Two Taliban Carrying IED... One Trips... Wait For It... Wait... Oooops

    Oooops! Great closeup color video
  • Only one major media outlet reports terror suspect as Muslim

    06/17/2011 1:31:41 PM PDT · by Todd Kinsey · 10 replies
    This morning police in Washington D.C. arrested Yonathan Melaku, a Muslim, for suspicious activity near Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon. The twenty-two-year-old Melaku is a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Ethiopia that also serves in the Marine Corp Reserves. He was found carrying ammonium nitrate fertilizer and other materials making reference to Al Qaeda and the Taliban. The first reports I saw came from the Drudge Report and neither made reference to Malakus religion. Then I remembered the stories about Asan Akbar who killed two members of his platoon and wounded fifteen more and Hasan Nidal who killed thirteen...
  • Iraqi National Pleads Guilty to 23-Count Terrorism Indictment in Kentucky...

    12/19/2011 1:23:46 AM PST · by Cindy · 11 replies - Louisville - Press Release ^ | December 16, 2011 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Iraqi National Pleads Guilty to 23-Count Terrorism Indictment in Kentucky Defendant Participated in Numerous Efforts to Kill U.S. Troops in Iraq with IEDs U.S. Department of Justice December 16, 2011 Office of Public Affairs BOWLING GREEN, KYIraqi citizen Waad Ramadan Alwan pleaded guilty to federal terrorism charges today in U.S. District Court before Senior Judge Thomas B. Russell, announced Lisa Monaco, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; David J. Hale, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky; and Elizabeth A. Fries, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Louisville Division. Alwan,...
  • California Iraqi-Mexican crime ring busted, police say

    08/18/2011 8:08:59 PM PDT · by Whats the Matter with Kansas? · 75 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 18,2011 | Reporting by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and Peter Bohan
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police in southern California have arrested 60 people and broken up an Iraqi criminal ring accused of selling drugs, machine guns and improvised bombs out of an immigrant social club, authorities said on Thursday. The swoop by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and local police targeted a network operating out of El Cajon, which is near San Diego and close to the border with Mexico.
  • Beware of Dr. Jihad

    07/08/2011 5:01:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | July 8, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    Splendid news: Our homeland security officials have sent fresh warnings to foreign governments that "human bombs" may try to board planes with surgically implanted explosives. The ticking terrorists are reportedly getting help from murder-minded Arab Muslim physicians trained in the West. Infidels beware: Dr. Jihad's version of the health care oath omits the "no" in "Do no harm." The death docs may be using their expertise to play "Hide the IED" in body cavities that bomb-detection equipment cannot penetrate. At least one Saudi operative has been nabbed with explosives in his bum, and British intel picked up on Arab website...
  • Prayers for USMC Sgt Mark Bradley

    Several days ago I put up a thread asking for prayers for a young Marine who had suffered severe injuries in an IED blast. I did not use his name at that time, for the sake of the family's privacy. However, his name has been made public, so it's okay to write more about his situation and family. His name is Mark Andrew Bradley, and he is a USMC Sniper Scout. The prayers of many have so far borne him up, and he has survived his injuries though he was not initially thought able to survive even the first surgeries....
  • Forces Detain Taliban Explosive Device Manufacturer, Facilitator

    01/24/2011 5:18:05 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan
    KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 24, 2011) Afghan and coalition forces detained a Taliban improvised explosive device manufacturer and facilitator during a security operation in Wardak province yesterday. The now detained Taliban IED manufacturer and facilitator operated in Sayyidabad district, Wardak province. Reporting indicates he possesses in-depth knowledge on the production of explosive devices and teaches other Taliban insurgents how to construct them. Security forces followed leads to a targeted location in the district. Afghan forces called for all occupants to exit out of the buildings peacefully before conducting a search and securing the area. The Taliban insurgent was detained based...
  • Insurgent Roadside Bombs Kill Afghan Civilians

    01/21/2011 7:16:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2011 An Afghan child was killed and 12 other Afghans were wounded in insurgent roadside-bomb attacks in southern and eastern Afghanistan today, military officials reported. In Kandahar provinces Zharay district, Afghan civilians struck a roadside bomb, killing a child and wounding four Afghan civilians, including two other children. NATO International Security Assistance Force service members responded to assist the wounded, and an 8-year old child was taken to an ISAF medical facility. In Uruzgan province, eight Afghan civilians were wounded by a roadside bomb in Deh Rawud district. Afghan police responded to assist the wounded and...
  • Afghan, Coalition Forces Detain Haqqani Network Leader in Khost

    01/15/2011 1:33:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan
    KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 15, 2011) Afghan and coalition forces detained a Haqqani Network leader in Khost province along with several suspected insurgents during a security operation in the province yesterday. The Haqqani Network leader operated in Khost district. Recent reporting indicates he was currently coordinating a potential spectacular attack against coalition forces or a Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan target in Khost City. He was in direct contact with senior Haqqani Network leaders in the province. He coordinated and conducted vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attacks in the province targeting Afghan National Army and coalition forces. Security forces...
  • Protecting Our Protectors (Oliver North)

    12/09/2010 5:08:53 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 9, 2010 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON It's a tough time to be a member of the U.S. armed forces. Those serving in our all-volunteer military and their families are stretched and stressed by more than nine years of war. Unfortunately, our commander in chief supposedly the champion of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, guardsmen and Marines isn't doing anything to make serving in uniform any easier. President Barack Obama fresh from his 3 1/2-hour "visit" to Afghanistan continues to insist that the U.S. Senate act immediately to allow active homosexuals to serve in the military....
  • Authorities Find 'Improvised Explosives' Inside Connecticut Home

    12/16/2010 7:53:30 AM PST · by Zakeet · 83 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 16. 2010
    DEVELOPING: Authorities have found what appear to be "improvised explosives" and materials to make homemade bombs at a home in Connecticut. [Snip] Police and FBI agents are at the scene Thursday and authorities are waiting for a judge to sign a search warrant application.
  • Sheriff: Deputies find rifle, seven live IEDs in man's car

    10/27/2009 1:53:17 PM PDT · by luckybogey · 110 replies · 7,821+ views
    WISI10 TV ^ | October 27, 2009 | WISITV
    ORANGEBURG, SC (WIS) - An Orangeburg County highway was shut down for hours Tuesday after deputies stopped a man who they say had a rifle and seven live improvised explosive devices in his car. Authorities are also searching the man's motel room. Orangeburg County Sheriff Larry Williams says Mark Kerron of New Jersey is "the real McCoy"
  • Homemade bombs kill 3 US troops in Afghanistan

    08/27/2010 3:14:45 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 27th 2010 | CHRISTOPHER BODEEN
    KABUL, Afghanistan Homemade bombs killed three U.S. troops in southern and eastern Afghanistan on Friday, and a roadside blast tore through a crowded market in the increasingly volatile north, killing three police and two civilians. No other details about the attacks on the U.S. troops were given by NATO and the identities of those killed were not immediately released. A total of 55 foreign troops have been killed in Afghanistan this month, including 35 Americans, according to a count by The Associated Press. July was the deadliest month for U.S. forces in Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion, with 66...
  • RCMP dismantle alleged terror cell in Ottawa (linked to al Qaeda) (Aug. 25/10)

    08/25/2010 3:31:55 PM PDT · by fanfan · 85 replies · 1+ views
    The National Post ^ | Aug. 25, 2010. | Stewart Bell
    OTTAWA The RCMP dismantled an alleged Ottawa terrorist cell with suspected links to al-Qaeda on Wednesday morning, making two arrests in the nations capital without incident. The men are suspected of preparing a terrorist attack targeting Canada. The ringleader allegedly attended training camps in the Pakistan and Afghanistan region. But the bomb plot was described as not well defined and the arrests were apparently made on Wednesday because one of the suspects was preparing to travel abroad. A news conference has been scheduled for Thursday afternoon. The RCMP, Ottawa Police Service and Canadian Security Intelligence Service were involved in...
  • ON WAR: Afghanistan's IED's Hunter

    07/19/2010 4:40:37 PM PDT · by Enough_Deceit · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 7/13/10 | Enough_Deceit This is my son's group. If you look at picture 8, he is the one on your left hand side with the "birth control glasses" (So-called because no one ever gets lucky wearing them. LOL) towards the back joining the prayer circle. These guys are all his buddies. It was great seeing this.
  • Counter-IED Efforts try to get Left of the Boom in Afghanistan

    07/08/2010 1:31:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | Senior Airman Tania Reid, USAF
    KABUL, Afghanistan The Pentagon expects to double its spending in an effort to reverse the deadly trend improvised explosive devices have had on military operations in Afghanistan and to get left of the boom, Department of Defense officials said Thursday. Dr. Ashton Carter, the U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics and U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. John Paxton, the U.S. Joint Staff director of operations, spoke to members of the media at the International Security Assistance Force Headquarters about the Pentagons plan to bring needed equipment and experts to counter the roadside bombs which the insurgents...
  • FBI raid Queens, NY home in terror investigation

    09/14/2009 12:50:55 PM PDT · by Fali_G · 650 replies · 21,606+ views
  • US officials: Al-Qaida operative tied to NY plot

    07/01/2010 3:50:41 AM PDT · by Cindy · 57 replies · 1+ views
    (AP) via ^ | June 30, 2010, 4:48 pm | Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo
    SNIPPET: "U.S. counterterrorism officials have linked one of the nation's most wanted terrorists to last year's thwarted plot to bomb the New York City subway system, authorities said Wednesday. Current and former counterterrorism officials said top al-Qaida operative Adnan Shukrijumah met with one of the would-be suicide bombers in a plot that Attorney General Eric Holder called one of the most dangerous since the 9/11 terror attacks."
  • US, Iraqi Soldiers focus on IED hunt

    06/26/2010 11:44:26 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Capt. Kurt Zortman, USA
    CAMP RAMADI American and Iraqi Soldiers have been working together since March to ensure the safety of residents and military forces by identifying and clearing roadside bombs throughout Anbar province. Over the past four months, engineers from Company A, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, have conducted training and route clearance operations with the 1st Iraq Army Divisions 2nd Iraq Army Bomb Disposal Company. The Soldiers of Co. A have participated in 30 training events and 23 bilateral route-clearance operations with 2nd IABDC. The training has focused on route-clearance fundamentals to increase...
  • Iranians train Taliban to use roadside bombs

    03/20/2010 8:16:46 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 363+ views
    TimesOnline UK ^ | Mar. 21, 2010
    TALIBAN commanders have revealed that hundreds of insurgents have been trained in Iran to kill Nato forces in Afghanistan. The commanders said they had learnt to mount complex ambushes and lay improvised explosive devices (IEDs), which have been responsible for most of the deaths of British troops in Helmand province. The accounts of two commanders, in interviews with The Sunday Times, are the first descriptions of training of the Taliban in Iran. According to the commanders, Iranian officials paid them to attend three-month courses during the winter. They were smuggled across the border to the city of Zahidan, in southeast...
  • Lynn says fight against IEDs remains priority

    12/31/2009 4:17:27 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 230+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Jim Garamone
    12/31/2009 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Defeating the terrorists' weapon of choice is and will remain a priority for the Defense Department, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said here Dec. 30. Mr. Lynn spoke during a Pentagon ceremony where Army Lt. Gen. Thomas Metz stepped down as director of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization and Army Lt. Gen. Michael Oates took up the charge. The organization looks for ways to defeat terrorists using car bombs, roadside bombs, as well as suicide vests, all examples of improvised explosive devices. The bombs are the biggest killers of American servicemembers...
  • Task Force to Focus on Afghan Roadside Bomb Threat

    11/12/2009 4:57:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 467+ views
    OSHKOSH, Wisc., Nov. 12, 2009 Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has created a new task force to enhance existing department efforts to counter the threat from roadside bombs, the No. 1 killer in Afghanistan. Gates announced the new task force today, and said he expects its members to spend the next six months reporting to him about the best way to deal with the improvised explosive device threat in Afghanistan. The task force will be co-chaired by Ashton Carter, undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics; and Marine Lt. Gen. John M. Jay Paxton Jr., the Joint Staffs operations chief....
  • MILITARY: 'It's a calculated risk'

    11/07/2009 6:55:27 PM PST · by Saije · 2 replies · 236+ views
    North County Times ^ | 11/7./2009 | MARK WALKER
    On a wall near a makeshift classroom at Camp Pendleton hang 27 portraits. They are pictures of U.S. Marine Corps bomb technicians who have been killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. The portraits are a reminder to members of a newly commissioned bomb squad of the perils they face as they prepare to deploy to the war-torn region. "There's no question, it's one of the most dangerous jobs out there," said Capt. James Shelstad, commander of the base's newly created 1st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company. Shelstad and several members of his company sat down last week with the North County Times...
  • Global Rise in Makeshift Bombs Worries U.S

    10/28/2009 6:44:52 PM PDT · by Saije · 6 replies · 437+ views
    NY Times ^ | 10/28/2009 | Thom Shenker
    American military officers are expressing concern over the spreading use of makeshift bombs beyond the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan to other countries in the region, as well as in East Asia and South America. Improvised explosive devices, as the military calls them, have been the largest killer of American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, showing up with devastating effect in Pakistan and India, but also with less notice in Thailand, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Colombia, Somalia and parts of North Africa. Even Russian security forces have faced the devices in the republics of Ingushetia and Dagestan, although attacks...
  • Some troops have sixth sense for bombs

    10/27/2009 8:14:48 PM PDT · by Saije · 79 replies · 3,159+ views
    LA Times ^ | 10/27/2009 | Tony Perry
    As Marines here train to deploy to war zones, there is daily discussion about how to detect and disarm the buried roadside bombs that are the No. 1 killer of Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan. Military researchers have found that two groups of personnel were particularly good at spotting anomalies: those with hunting backgrounds, who traipsed the woods as youths, looking to bag a deer or turkey; and those who grew up in tough urban neighborhoods where it is often important to know what gang controls which block. Personnel who fit neither category, often young men who grew up in...
  • Bomb Technicians Lead Fight Against IEDs

    10/15/2009 5:14:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 362+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2009 Improvised explosive devices have forced a change in modern combat. Deadly weapons can come in the form of a five-gallon bucket, a package in the mail or a filled-in pothole in the middle of the road. No one knows that better than Air Force Staff Sgt. Armondo Robles and Airman 1st Class Rileigh Woodward, members of a military bomb squad. Robles and Woodward discussed IEDs and other threats in Afghanistan during an Oct. 8 DoD Live bloggers roundtable. The two serve as joint expeditionary tasked airmen assigned to the 755th Air Expeditionary Group at Bagram...
  • US Marines sweep 'Taliban' villages for home-made bombs

    10/11/2009 2:47:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 837+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 10/11/09 | Claire Truscott
    KOTALAK, Afghanistan (AFP) An elderly Afghan woman, her hair dyed red and a black shawl draped over her shoulders, shouts as she aims a gun at US Marines who are arresting her husband as a suspected Taliban insurgent. A Marine points his assault rifle at her and is ready to pull the trigger until the woman drops her rusty pistol. Members of the 2nd Battalion 3rd Marines, accompanied by Afghan soldiers, were sweeping villages for militants early this week as part of Operation Germinate. The aim of the operation was to reduce the threat of home-made bombs -- ...(IEDs)...
  • Brain Power - In Battle, Hunches Prove to Be Valuable

    07/28/2009 4:04:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 953+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 28, 2009 | BENEDICT CAREY
    The sight was not that unusual, at least not for Mosul, Iraq, on a summer morning: a car parked on the sidewalk, facing opposite traffic, its windows rolled up tight. Two young boys stared out the back window, kindergarten age maybe, their faces leaning together as if to share a whisper. The soldier patrolling closest to the car stopped. It had to be hot in there; it was 120 degrees outside. Permission to approach, sir, to give them some water, the soldier said to Sgt. First Class Edward Tierney, who led the nine-man patrol that morning. I said no ...
  • Van Doos 'hit the jackpot' with Taliban bomb factories

    07/20/2009 8:30:45 PM PDT · by newbie2008 · 7 replies · 663+ views
    Troops from the Quebec-based Royal 22nd Regiment and their Afghan army allies "hit the jackpot" in a major combat operation that ended Sunday, discovering four factories used by the Taliban to make improvised explosive devices about 17 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City. "The quality of stuff we took was absolutely impressive. We have taken away their capacity to make thousands of IEDs," said the lead planner of the mission, Lt.-Col. Mike Patrick. He described the operation as the most successful carried out so far this year in Kandahar. As well as seizing suicide bomber vests and large quantities of explosive...
  • Kandahar Airmen protect servicemembers from IEDs

    06/02/2009 5:11:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 294+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Staff Sgt. Zachary Wilson, USAF
    6/2/2009 - KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- Improvised explosive devices kill people. The vast majority of military members serving in combat make it a point to go out of their way to avoid them. For the Air Force explosive ordnance disposal team at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, they make it a point to go out of their way to find them. IEDs, which come in many shapes and forms, are the most dangerous threat to coalition forces serving in Afghanistan, particularly in the southern portion of the country. Responding to this threat falls to the Airmen serving as Kandahar's EOD team, known...
  • 'Bomb factory' found in mosque (Ramallah)

    04/12/2009 11:40:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 747+ views ^ | 4/12/09 | staff
    Ramallah - Palestinian security officials said on Sunday that they had found a Hamas bomb-making factory underneath a mosque in the occupied West Bank. "Security forces found a bomb-making factory inside a mosque in Qalqiliya," an Interior Ministry statement said. "Many of the bombs were ready to use and many of them were of industrial grade."
  • Combined Forces Discover Weapons, IEDs in Iraq

    03/01/2009 11:43:38 AM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 340+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 1, 2009 Iraqi security forces and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers discovered a munitions cache during a patrol northwest of Baghdad yesterday, officials announced. Iraqi soldiers from the 24th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, working with soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment, discovered 12 60 mm mortars, one 122 mm high-explosive artillery round, one rocket-motor propellant stick, three TNT booster charges, one electric blasting cap and a bag of plastic explosives. A coalition forces explosive ordnance disposal team called to the site conducted a controlled detonation of the cache. In other recent news in Iraq,...
  • UK police: man charged with having IEDs, Nazi book

    11/06/2008 3:16:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 550+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/6/08 | Raphael G. Satter - ap
    LONDON British police charged a 43-year-old man Thursday with plotting an act of terrorism and having two improvised explosive devices, chemicals, timers, and a Nazi-themed handbook. Neil Christopher Lewington was first arrested last week after police discovered a suspected explosive device when they searched him at a railway station in Lowestoft, a coastal city in eastern England. --snip-- Scotland Yard said in a statement that Lewington carried two improvised explosive devices to Lowestoft from Reading, a city near London where he lives, on Oct. 30. --snip-- The police statement said Lewington had four containers of weed killer, seven timers,...
  • Iran: Building Iraq Roadside Bombs with US Parts; Palin Dis-Invited to Ahmadinejad UN Protest

    09/19/2008 6:21:12 AM PDT · by mondoreb · 3 replies · 190+ views
    DBKP ^ | September 19, 2008 | LBG
    American made hi-tech goods are being used by Iran controlled companies to produce the deadly roadside bombs used by terrorists in Iraq, according to the US government. According to the Miami Herald, the 13-count indictment was handed down by the Federal Government on Wednesday alleging 16 foreigners and overseas businesses had sold hi-tech "dual use" goods to businesses that were actually "fronts to Iran". The companies were doing "business" building roadside bombs, or IED's. Roadside bombs, or IED's, have killed 1722 troops since the US invaded Iraq in March 2003. "The 16 foreign defendants were charged with conspiracy and violations...
  • IEDs Largely Ineffective in Iraqi Province, U.S. Officer Says

    09/04/2008 5:37:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 566+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2008 The enemys use of improvised explosive devices continues to decline in northern Iraqs Salahuddin province, a senior U.S. officer posted there said today. Consequently, the situation here continues to improve from a security standpoint, Army Col. Scott McBride, commander of the 101st Airborne Divisions 1st Brigade Combat Team, told Pentagon reporters during a satellite-carried news conference. McBrides unit is based in Tikrit, northwest of Baghdad in Salahuddin province. The 4,000-member brigade is a component of Multinational Division North, and it has been in Iraq for about a year. The enemy is still active in Salahuddin...
  • Combat Engineers Finding Fewer IEDs (ESSAYONS)

    07/30/2008 10:26:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 95+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Cpl. Chris T. Mann, USMC
    FALLUJAH Blinding lights pierce through the darkness on a long and winding stretch of pitch black road, exposing otherwise unseen rusted metal objects and abandoned cars. Behind these bright lights are a group of Marines, part of a route clearance team with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 1, who are tasked with locating ordnance on and near roads traveled by Iraqi citizens and Coalition forces. The Marines, with Company C, conducted an all night street sweeping operation, July 23, 2008, in the city of Karma, Iraq. In past years, the city and its surrounding area has been...