• Botswana, South Korea sign defence co-operation MOU

    The defence ministers of Botswana and South Korea signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to "establish on an institutional basis further development of defence co-operation between the two countries", the South Korean Ministry of National Defense announced on 18 January. It provided

  • Sudan's Rapid Response Forces subordinated to military

    The Sudanese parliament passed an act on 16 January transferring responsibility for the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) from the National Intelligence and Security Services to the Sudan Armed Forces, the Sudan Tribune reported. The RSF was formed in 2013 from the Janjaweed militias that operated in the

  • IED attack wounds two pro-government militiamen in Iraq's Baghdad

    TWO Hashd al-Shaabi militiamen were wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack by unidentified militants in Tarmiya, north of Iraq's capital Baghdad on 16 January, Iraqi News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Israel declares Arrow-3 operational

    Israel declared the top tier of its air defence umbrella operational on 18 January, when the first Arrow-3 interceptors were formally handed over to the Israeli Air Force (IAF) in a ceremony. Made by Israel Aerospace Industries and Boeing, the Arrow-3 is designed to intercept incoming ballistic

  • Suicide attack kills four people in Nigeria's Borno

    AT LEAST four people were killed and 15 others were wounded in when a suicide bomber - reported to have been a teenage girl - detonated her explosives at the staff quarters area of the University of Maiduguri in the city of Maiduguri in Nigeria's Borno state on 16 January. Al-Jazeera reported.

  • Suicide attack kills two civilians in Iraq's Ninawa

    TWO civilians were killed and ten others were wounded in a suicide attack by an Islamic State militant near the al-Karama neighborhood near the city of Mosul in Iraq's Ninawa province on 1 January, Iraqi News reported.

  • Suspected Islamist militants kill eight police officers in Egypt's New Valley

    AT LEAST eight police officers were killed and three others were wounded when suspected Islamist militants attacked a checkpoint in the Naqb area, 70km from the city of Kharga, in Egypt's New Valley governorate on 16 January, Al-Jazeera reported. Two of the attackers were killed in retaliatory fire.

  • Tunisia to get new coastal radars

    The United States will provide new radars for 13 Tunisian coastal radar sites, US Ambassador Daniel Rubinstein said during a ceremony to hand over two SAFE Boats International 65 Full Cabin Inboard patrol boats to the Tunisian Navy on 16 January. "Starting this summer, 13 radar stations along

  • US DoD contracts C-130 ELINT upgrade for Egypt

    Egypt will equip at least one of its Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules transport aircraft with an electronic intelligence (ELINT) capability, it was disclosed in early January. According to a notification posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website, the US Air Force (USAF) has

  • Gambian president-elect's return for inauguration with Senegalese support increases probability of incumbent being forced to stand aside

    EVENT President-elect Adama Barrow insisted on 16 January that his inauguration will proceed on 19 January on Gambian soil despite incumbent Yahya Jammeh's attempts to block the ceremony. Barrow expects to be sworn in at the national stadium after arriving from Senegal the same day. He left Gambia

  • Gendarmerie arrests four suspected militants in Algeria's Skikda

    In El Harrouch, a cell of four suspected militants were arrested by the National Gendarmerie; propaganda and weapons were seized.

  • Kashmir neighbours install new security chiefs

    Key Points A series of incidents in 2015 and 2016 called into question India's ability to defend against militant incursions, although its intelligence capabilities against mobile targets appear to have improved. With India maintaining a clandestine network of agents within Pakistan, Islamabad is

  • Kuwaiti RFI points to wider naval acquisition plan

    A request for information (RFI) released on behalf of the Kuwaiti Navy suggests it is considering acquiring new fast attack craft (FAC) armed with MBDA Exocet MM40 anti-ship missiles. Released by the US Federal Business Opportunities website on 10 January, the RFI said the US Naval Sea Systems

  • New ethnic-Peul militia in northwest CAR raises risks of cargo disruption, NGO attacks

    EVENT A commander of Central African Republic's (CAR) mainly Christian anti-Balaka rebel group alleged on 12 January that an ethnic-Peul militia based in northwest Ouham-Pendé was preparing to take control of the prefecture. He claimed reinforcements had arrived from Ngaoundéré in

  • Reported incursion from Uganda by M23 militants unlikely to indicate new anti-government insurgency in eastern DRC

    Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government spokesperson Lambert Mende claimed on 15 January that two columns of militants - approximately 200 fighters - of the Mouvement du 23-Mars (M23) group had attempted to cross the border from Uganda near Ishasha, North Kivu province, where they were stopped

  • Rafsanjani's death empowers hardline conservatives in selecting Iran's next Supreme Leader, increasing risk to state stability

    Key Points Rafsanjani had been crucial to the formation of an informal centrist coalition led by President Hassan Rouhani, comprising a range of political factions including moderate and traditional conservatives and reformists, to check the growing influence of Iran's hard-line conservatives.

  • Europe can no longer rely on US for security, Merkel warns

    Key Points The German chancellor has urged Europe to take responsibility for its own defence and security The United States may not always be there to protect Europe, she warned Europe must boost its own security because there is "no guarantee" the US will be there forever to protect

  • Russia swaps Su-24 for Su-25 aircraft in Syria

    Russia has deployed four Su-25 ground attack aircraft to Syria but withdrawn six Su-24 strike aircraft, Ministry of Defence spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov told journalists on 12 January. "As part of the planned rotation of aircraft, four Su-25 attack aircraft from Russia, equipped

  • AQAP attack kills security official's bodyguard in Yemen's Abyan

    A BODYGUARD for a senior security official was killed and the official and four other guards were wounded in a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) attack targeting their convoy by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants in the town of Loder in Yemen's Abyan governorate on 11

  • Islamic State likely to lose residual control of Iraq's Anbar province in three-month outlook, but retain terrorism capability

    EVENT The Iraqi Army's 7th Division began a new offensive against the Islamic State in Anbar province in January, advancing from Haditha along the Euphrates River towards the town of Al-Qaim on the Syria border. This follows media reports in December claiming that the Islamic State was redeploying