• Islamic State territory shrinks by 9.4% in first six months of 2015

    The Islamic State’s recent successes in Palmyra and Ramadi came at the expense of significant territorial losses elsewhere, leading to an overall reduction in the territory controlled by the Islamic State of 9.4% in the first six months of 2015. The group’s ‘Caliphate’ now

  • Fracturing of Guinean opposition coalition raises ruling party's prospects of retaining power in October's election

    EVENT Guinean opposition presidential candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo announced on 23 June a political alliance with ousted former coup leader Captain Moussa Dadis Camara. Diallo is an ethnic Peulh and the main opposition contender to President Alpha Condé in the October 2015 election, while

  • Paris Air Show 2015: Orbital ATK prepares to deliver ShotFinder HFI to launch customer

    Orbital ATK (formerly Alliant Techsystems) expects to deliver its ShotFinder hostile fire indicator (HFI) system to its inaugural customer in the coming months, a senior company official told IHS Jane's on 17 June. Speaking at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, William Kasting, vice-president and

  • Risk of protests and riots over higher fuel prices in Iran mitigated by police forces' deployment at petrol stations

    EVENT Mohammad-Bagher Nobakht, President Hassan Rowhani's advisor for supervision and strategic affairs, announced on 25 May the implementation of the third phase of Iran's subsidy reform programme, passed into law in 2010. This phase includes replacing motorists' subsidised allowance with a

  • Kuwaiti authorities arrest members of suspected Islamic State-affiliated cell

    EVENT The Kuwaiti interior ministry announced on 25 May that seven members of an alleged militant cell affiliated with the Islamic State had been arrested. The cell reportedly intended to carry out attacks along the lines of the 22 May suicide bombing of a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia in order to

  • Analysis: Saudi-led airstrikes continue in Yemen

    Key Points The Saudi-led coalition continued airstrikes after announcing Operation 'Determined Storm' had ended on 21 April Renegade Yemeni military units have increasingly become the focus of the air campaign ANALYSIS The Saudi-led military intervention against the Yemeni group Ansar Allah

  • OSINT Summary: DHKP/C militants kill prosecutor during hostage operation in Turkey's Istanbul

    Two members of left-wing militant group Devrimci Halk Kurtulus Partisi/Cephesi (DHKP/C) took prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz hostage during an attack at the Çaglayan Courthouse in the city of Istanbul in Turkey on 31 March. Following six hours of negotiation and communication with the militants,

  • Army forces foil attempted suicide attack on military headquarters in Iraq's Anbar

    SEVEN Islamic State suicide bombers driving vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) were killed in retaliatory fire by army forces as they approached a military headquarters in the city of Ramadi in Iraq's Anbar province on 12 March, Iraqi News reported.

  • Vietnam, Israel sign defence co-operation accord

    Vietnam and Israel have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on defence co-operation, the Vietnam Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 3 March. The agreement was signed in Hanoi by Vietnam's deputy minister of defence, Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, and Dan Harel, the director general

  • Avalon 2015: IAI in customer discussions for Super Heron UAV

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is in discussions with a number of potential customers for its recently unveiled Super Heron medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle, a company official told IHS Jane's on 25 February. Speaking at the Australian International Airshow and

  • Algeria has 200 T-90 MBT kits on order

    It has emerged that Russian state import/export agency Rosoboronexport signed a contract in 2014 to supply 200 T-90 main battle tanks (MBTs) in kit form to Algeria. The contract was reported by Russian media on 20 February, quoting business sources in the military-industrial complex. Assembly of the

  • Female suicide bomber kills five people in Nigeria's Yobe

    FIVE people were killed and dozens of others were wounded when a female suicide bomber detonated her explosives outside a market in the town of Potiskum in Nigeria's Yobe state on 22 February, Al-Jazeera and Reuters reported. Local witnesses claimed that the suicide bomber was a small girl,

  • Two Hellenic Navy submarines set for service

    Two Hellenic Navy submarines participated in a tactical exercise at sea and are expected to join fleet operations soon, augmenting the navy's presence in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean seas. HS Pipinos (S-121), the first of the three Hellenic Shipyards-built Type 214 Papanikolis-class

  • IED attack kills two civilians in Iraq's Baghdad

    TWO civilians were killed and four others were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated in the predominantly Shia Muslim Husseiniya neighbourhood of Iraq's capital Baghdad on 9 February, Reuters reported. No group immediately claimed

  • Canada shakes up defence, foreign ministries

    Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper announced on 9 February that Jason Kenney will be his new minister of national defence and replace Rob Nicholson, who will take over as minister of foreign affairs after serving in the top defence job since mid-2013. Kenney, who will retain a position as

  • Jordan breaks silence on airstrikes after death of pilot

    Emboldened by the death of one of their pilots at the hands of the Islamic State, the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) acknowledged for the first time on 5 February that Jordan had carried out airstrikes against the militant group. Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh was captured after ejecting from his F-16

  • IED attack wounds civilian and seven security force personnel in Egypt's Qalyubia

    SEVEN security force personnel and a civilian were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated near a security checkpoint in an unspecified location in Egypt's Qalyubia governorate on 27 January, Aswat Masriya reported. No group immediately

  • Obama to seek Congress' blessing in campaign against Islamic State

    The White House will ask Congress for a new authorisation for the use of military force (AUMF) against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, US president Barack Obama said during his annual State of the Union address. "Tonight I call on this Congress to show the world that we are united in this

  • Political infighting in Chad ahead of 2015-16 parliamentary, presidential elections risks delaying land-ownership and investment legislation

    EVENT The spokesperson for Chad's 32 opposition deputies, out of a total of 188 parliamentarians, on 16 December described the legislative assembly as a "bloodbath" after the president's withdrawal of a pastoral code previously approved by the chamber. The statement referred to

  • Analysis: Five Key Global Defence Budget Trends for 2015

    The annual IHS Jane's Defence Budgets End Of Year Report has revealed five key trends that will shape global defence spending in 2015: 1. The recovery in global defence expenditure will stall – temporarily With further cuts required to government spending in the West and declining oil