• Arrests following knife attack on Danish journalists unlikely to uncover evidence of terrorist organisation in Gabon

    Event Two Danish nationals were stabbed at a tourist market in the Gabonese capital, Libreville, on 16 December, in the first Islamist-inspired attack the country has experienced. The man and woman worked for a Danish production company carrying out a project for the US-based National Geographic

  • Despite its anti-Israel rhetoric, Hamas’ weakness limits military options and means it cannot abandon reconciliation with Fatah

    Key Points Hamas’ unwillingness to publicly abandon the existing reconciliation process with the PA is an indication of its diplomatic isolation and vulnerability as a result of the economic crisis in Gaza. Hamas’ calls for widespread popular protest over US recognition of Jerusalem as

  • TAI releases technical specifications for TF-X

    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has given the technical specifications of its Turkish Fighter (TF) project, also known as TF-X. The TF-X is being designed and developed in Turkey, with support from BAE Systems, to replace Turkish Air Force (TuAF) F-16s, which will gradually reach the end of

  • US and Russian warplanes ‘engage’ over Syria

    Russian and United States combat aircraft were involved in a potentially serious engagement in the skies over Syria on 13 December, the defence ministries of both countries confirmed. While the US Department of Defence (DoD) and the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation differ on the

  • RAF Typhoon squadron to train Qatari pilots

    Qatari pilots and ground crew will be integrated into a UK Eurofighter Typhoon squadron for work-up training ahead of the Middle East country taking delivery of its own aircraft in 2022. A new UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon, 12 (Bomber) Squadron will take on the Qatari training role after it

  • Court jails two would-be Islamic State militants in Belgium's Antwerp

    In Antwerp, the Court of Appeal sentenced two members of the Islamist 'Way of Life' movement to up to five years in prison for propagating militant propaganda and attempting to join the Islamic State.

  • IED attack wounds three people in Iraq's Ninawa

    THREE people were wounded when unidentified gunmen threw an improvised explosive device (IED), targeting the residence of the brother of an Islamic State militant in al-Askari district in Mosul in Iraq's Ninawa province on 13 December, Iraqi News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility

  • Jaish Uqba Ibn Nafaa claims responsibility for attack in Tunisia's Kasserine

    The Jaish Uqba Ibn Nafaa claimed responsibility for the recent improvised explosive device (IED) attack on Mt. Chaambi, Kasserine, that killed one soldier and wounded six others.

  • Jordan receives last of 15 ex-Dutch F-16s

    Jordan has now received all 15 of the F-16 multirole fighters that it has bought from the Netherlands. The Dutch Ministry of Defence announced on 14 December that the final three F-16s flew out from Volkel Air Base for Jordan’s Al-Azraq Air Base earlier that day. The first six left on 25

  • Lebanon to receive MD 530G helicopters

    The Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) will receive six MD 530G helicopters as part of a USD120 million arms package from the United States, the US embassy in Beirut announced on 13 December. The 530G is the latest version in the MD 500 series and has already been ordered by Malaysia. It is much more of a

  • Part-passage of Malawian Referendum Bill indicates 2019 elections likely to go ahead; opposition coalition formation likely

    Event Malawi’s parliament on 13 December passed the Referendum Bill, which is one of six pieces of electoral reform legislation being introduced by President Peter Mutharika’s administration to move the country from the current first-past-the-post system to a majoritarian

  • Rocket attacks hit southern Israel

    TWO rockets, fired by unidentified militants in the Gaza Strip, hit southern Israeli on 13 December, The Jerusalem Post reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Reports did not contain details of any casualties. Reports added that Israeli military forces responded to the

  • Saudi Arabia's policy failures in Lebanon enhance most Lebanese parties’ incentives to co-operate with Hizbullah

    Key Points Saudi Arabia’s escalation in Lebanon by holding its Prime Minister Saad Hariri and compelling his resignation has had the unintended consequence that Lebanon’s government is now likely to work more closely with Hizbullah. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies, the UAE and

  • Suicide attack kills at least 17 police officers in Somalia's Mogadishu

    AT LEAST 17 police officers were killed and 20 others were wounded when a Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen suicide bomber, disguised as a police officer, detonated his explosives inside the General Kahiye Police Training Academy in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on 14 December, Reuters reported.

  • UAE, allies advance in southern Yemen

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) ground forces deployed to southern Yemen and their allies have made significant advances against the Iranian-backed Ansar Allah (Houthis) group. The coastal town of Al-Khawkhah was taken on 9 December and the advance continued further inland to Hays and Zabid with the

  • US suspends Somalia’s military stipends, increasing parliamentary pressure for leadership change and higher seaport taxes

    Event The United States has suspended funding for rations and wages to the Somalia National Army (SNA), according to media reports on 14 December. Citing a US review of the SNA’s performance, the reports highlight poor oversight of the military’s payroll. The Federal Government of

  • DRC attack highlights MONUSCO capability gaps

    More needs to be done to improve the UN Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (MONUSCO’s) intelligence and rapid reaction capabilities, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the UN’s under-secretary-general for peacekeeping operations, said in the wake of the most lethal

  • IDF issuing soldiers with military smartphones

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has begun issuing its first smartphone devices to ground forces, a senior officer from the Technological Research and Mission Support Division (LOTEM) said on 12 December. Colonel Avi Duek, head of the Systems and Project Department, said the introduction of

  • Roadside IED attack kills a military colonel in Somalia's Puntland

    A MILITARY colonel - identified as Osman Abshir Omar, commander of a bomb disposal unit - was killed when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced on a roadside, detonated as he attempted to defuse it on a road between Bosaso and the Galgala Hills in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region

  • Saab to establish UAE production facility

    Swedish defence and security group Saab announced on 14 December that it was to establish a development and production facility in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to produce sensor systems. The facility will be based at the Tawazun Industrial Park in Abu Dhabi, Saab said. The company added in a