• Insurgents in eastern Ghouta likely to respond to Syrian government offensive by targeting central Damascus and airport

    Event Brigadier General Suheil al-Hassan, commander of the Syrian army’s elite Tiger Forces, delivered a speech in Damascus on 16 February in which he pledged to eradicate the armed opposition presence in the eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus, one of the few areas of Syria still under

  • Islamic State-claimed attack kills five women in Russia's North Caucasus

    FIVE women were killed and at least five others - including two security forces personnel - were wounded when a gunman opened fire at a church in the village of Kizlyar in Dagestan in Russia's North Caucasus region on 18 February, Reuters reported. Reports added that the 22-year-old assailant -

  • Israeli security forces kill two Palestinian teenagers in the Gaza Strip

    TWO Palestinian teenagers were killed when Israeli security forces and conducted tank and airstrikes targeting 18 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip including a weapon manufacturing site, and an underground tunnel on 17 February in response to an unidentified explosive device attack which wounded four

  • Scalp missile sale reportedly being blocked

    The US government is understood to be blocking the proposed sale of MBDA’s Scalp land-attack cruise missile to Egypt. French media have reported that Egypt was hoping to acquire the missiles as part of a procurement of additional Dassault Rafale multirole combat aircraft. It was revealed in

  • Suicide attack kills eighteen people in Nigeria's Borno

    EIGHTEEN people were killed and 22 others were wounded when three suicide bombers detonated their explosives targeting a fish market in the city of Maiduguri in Nigeria's Borno state on 16 February, Reuters reported. Although no immediate claim of responsibility was made, Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyya -

  • Unidentified explosive device wounds four Israeli soldiers in the Gaza Strip

    FOUR Israeli soldiers were wounded when an unidentified explosive device, emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated near a border fence with the Gaza Strip on 17 February. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, Reuters reported. In response, two Palestinian teenagers were

  • Israeli Arrow 3 interceptor test previews upcoming trials in Alaska

    The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO), Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), and the US Missile Defense Agency test fired the Arrow 3 anti-missile system in the early hours of 19 February, sending its interceptor into space from a missile test base in central Israel. The IMDO described the

  • Explosives attack wounds one person in Somalia's Mogadishu

    ONE person was wounded when an unspecified explosive device, emplaced on their vehicle by unidentified militants, detonated in Waberi district in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on 15 February, Shabelle Media Network reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, though Harakat

  • IED attack wounds two people in Iraq's Baghdad

    TWO people were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants near stores in al-Furat district in Iraq's Baghdad province, detonated on 15 February, Iraqi News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Paramount Combat Systems seeks business rescue

    A division of South Africa’s Paramount Group has voluntarily entered into business rescue, it has been revealed. A statement provided to Jane’s on 19 February said that the company had made the decision, which affected part of the company’s South African armoured vehicle

  • T-90 MBTs delivered to Iraq

    Images published online on 15 February appear to show the first deliveries of Russian-manufactured T-90 main battle tanks (MBTs) to Iraq. Photographs published on Twitter show three T-90s on transporters leaving the southern port of Umm Qasr en route to Baghdad. The tanks were previously filmed

  • US AFRICOM donates patrol craft to Senegal

    US Africa Command (AFRICOM) handed over two Metal Shark 38 Defiant patrol craft to the Senegalese Navy in Dakar on 8 February. The two craft were funded by AFRICOM’s Counternarcotic and Transnational Threats Programs Division and are to be used by Senegal to patrol its Exclusive Economic Zone

  • Disrupted attack indicative of restrictive security environment, reducing likelihood of successful assault causing property damage in Kenya

    Event Kenyan armed police on 15 February arrested two suspected Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabaab) militants and shot and killed another during a security operation in Merti, Isiolo county. Police seized five AK-series automatic rifles and 36 hand grenades, as well as high-impact

  • IED attack wounds two civilians in Iraq's Baghdad

    TWO civilians were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated near street markets in the al-Maamel area of Iraq's capital Baghdad on 14 February, Iraqi News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Nigerian Air Force to develop armed UAV

    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) plans to indigenously develop an armed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar announced during a 15 February ceremony held to mark the induction into service of the Tsaigumi UAV. The Tsaigumi is “just a stepping stone to

  • Saudi and Houthi willingness to start peace talks reflects both sides’ need to end war in Yemen

    Key Points The outgoing United Nations special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, announced on 9 February that Oman had agreed to host a new round of peace talks, following a meeting with Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi. While Saudi Arabia has been trying to find an exit strategy to

  • Turkey deploys upgraded M60Ts to Afrin

    Turkey has deployed upgraded M60T main battle tanks (MBTs) for its Operation ‘Olive Branch’ against Kurdish fighters in the Afrin region of northwest Syria. Images taken on the Turkish side of the border near Afrin in mid-February show a number of M60Ts equipped with laser warning

  • Turkish SF-260D jet trainer crashes

    A Turkish Air Force Aermacchi (SIAI-Marchetti) SF.260 light jet trainer crashed on 16 February 30 minutes after taking off from the 2nd Main Jet Training Base at Izmir Cigli on a scheduled training flight, killing the two pilots on board, according to a statement released by the Turkish General

  • IED attack kills one civilian in Iraq's Baghdad

    A CIVILIAN was killed and five others were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated in the al-Radwaniya neighbourhood in Iraq's Baghdad province on 13 February, Iraqi News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks.

  • Iranian admiral says ships will get point defence systems

    Iranian naval vessels will receive the Kamand point defence system before the end of the current Persian year on 20 March, Rear Admiral Ali Kaviani told reporters on 14 February. The Fars and Tasnim news agencies both cited the admiral as saying that the Kamand had now passed all tests and would