• Iraq to work with Iran on military industrial development

    Iran and Iraq are to collaborate on reviving Iraq’s military industrial capabilities, Iraqi news media reported on 19 April. The National Iraqi News Agency stated that Iraq’s Acting Minister of Industry and Minerals, Mohammad Shiaa al-Sudani had signed a co-operation agreement with

  • Hellenic Navy moves closer to leasing FREMM frigates from France

    The Hellenic Navy is edging closer to leasing two FREMM (frégate européenne multi-missions) class frigates from France, the Greek Deputy Defence Minister has announced. Fotis Kouvelis on 20 April confirmed that an agreement had been reached on a five-year leasing deal that could see two

  • OCEA delivers two more patrol boats to the Nigerian Navy

    The Nigerian Navy has received two OCEA-built FPB 110 Mk II fast patrol boats. The transport ship carrying these two patrol boats docked at the port of Lagos around 20-21 April, according to AIS data. The patrol boats – NNS Nguru (P187) and Ekulu (P188) – are the newest additions to the

  • Outcome of Turkey’s presidential election depends largely on ability of discordant opposition parties to present unified candidate

    Key Points The presidential election will put into effect the new political system that was created with the constitutional referendum on 16 April 2017. This entails the establishment of an executive presidency, with minimal checks and balances to its executive authority. The emergence of former

  • VBIED attack targets the LNA's chief of staff commander in Libya's Cyreneica

    UNIDENTIFIED militants detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) targeting the convoy of General Abdel-Razeq Nathouri - the chief of staff of Libyan National Army (LNA) commander General Khalifa Haftar - convoy between the city of Benghazi and the al-Marj military base in Libya's

  • Wilayat Khorasan militants kill three police officers in Afghanistan's Nangarhar

    THREE police officers were shot dead by unidentified gunmen on motorcycles at Nangarhar University in the city of Jalalabad in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province on 15 April, Afghan Islamic Press News Agency reported. The Islamic State's Wilayat Khorasan claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Iraqi F-16s strikes Islamic State in Syria

    Iraq has flown a raid against Islamic State targets in Syria, the prime minister’s office announced on 19 April. An undisclosed number of Iraqi Air Force (IqAF) combat aircraft carried out the strikes on unspecified Islamic State targets on the Syrian side of the border, according to a tweet

  • Yemeni rebels step up ‘flying bomb’ attacks

    The Saudi-led coalition has confirmed that the Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis) has used unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) carrying explosives in at least three attempted attacks in a week. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces released a statement on 18 April via the WAM news agency

  • Senegal orders Thales air surveillance radars

    Senegal has ordered an unspecified number of Ground Master 400 long-range air surveillance radars, Thales announced on 19 April. The company said the West African country will receive its radars in 2019 and they will be connected to its SkyView command-and-control system set up at Ouakam Air Base

  • IDF highlights Iranian presence in Syria

    Key Points The IDF has identified five locations in Syria where Iran has a military presence It has also accused the Iranians of carrying out their first direct attack on Israel The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has revealed details of Iran’s military presence in Syria in what appears to be

  • Ansar Allah militants reportedly release 18 imprisoned AQAP militants in Yemen's Al-Bayda

    MEDIA reports on 17 April stated that 18 Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants had been released from a prison in Yemen's Al-Bayda governorate by Ansar Allah militants in a deal negotiated between the two groups on an earlier unspecified date, Middle East Monitor reported. In a

  • IED attack kills three security forces personnel in Iran's Sistan-Baluchestan

    THREE security forces personnel were killed in cross-border attacks by suspected Pakistan-based militants in Mirjaveh in Sistan-Baluchestan province on 17 April, Reuters reported. One police officer was killed in an attack on a police post and two soldiers were killed in an improvised explosive

  • IED attack wounds five soldiers in Iraq's Diyala

    FIVE soldiers were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced on a roadside by unidentified militants, detonated near the village of al-Naqib, south of Baqubah, in Iraq's Diyala province on 17 April, Iraqi News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Qataris attended Saudi exercise

    The Qatari Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 19 April that it had sent a contingent to the recently concluded ‘Gulf Shield 1’ multinational exercise held in Saudi Arabia, despite Riyadh’s attempts to isolate the emirate since June 2017. The MoD released a photograph of 20 of

  • Successful Islamic State attack on Egyptian army base indicates likely failure of Operation Comprehensive Sinai

    Event On 14 April, militants carried out an attack on an army base near al-Qosimah in central Sinai. The operation involved at least 14 attackers armed with assault rifles, light machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), with between two and four of the militants detonating suicide

  • Unidentified militants kidnap four people in Mali's Mopti

    FOUR people - two health workers and two drivers - were kidnapped by unidentified militants in Youwarou in Mali's Mopti region on 10 April, aBamako reported. On 12 April, reports added that in Konna commune, Youwarou, the four hostages were released, but reports did not specify whether a ransom had

  • DSA 2018: Turkish army testing Aselsan’s new 40 mm high-velocity airburst round

    Turkish company Aselsan has revealed that a recently developed airburst round for its 40 mm high-velocity grenade launchers is undergoing qualification tests with the Turkish Land Forces Command. Mustafa Kaval, the company’s head of defence system technology, told Jane’s on 19 April at

  • DSA 2018: Kaplan MT to undergo qualification tests in Indonesia

    The Kaplan MT Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT) is set to undergo qualification tests with the Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Darat: TNI-AD) between May and July of this year. “A prototype, which was jointly developed by Turkey’s FNSS and Indonesia’s PT

  • Consensus-based appointment of Guinea-Bissau’s PM likely to resolve political stalemate; donor support likely after 2018 elections

    Key Points Aristides Gomes’s consensus-based appointment as Guinea-Bissau’s prime minister should ease the country’s political stalemate in the coming months, but it is unlikely to facilitate major policy changes due to the lack of agreement within the government. The appointment

  • UAE discontinues training mission in Somalia

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced on 15 April that it was disbanding its military training programme in Somalia. A statement reported by the official WAM news agency said the move was a response to the seizure of a UAE-registered private aircraft by Somali security forces at Mogadishu