• HAI signs deal with Tata

    Greece's Hellenic Aerospace Industry S.A. (HAI) signed a production deal with India's Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL), HAI announced 15 September. The deal is HAI's first foray in the promising Indian aerospace market. HAI will design the tooling and produce, at its Aerostructure Unit, a

  • Military air strike kills five Islamic State militants in Iraq's Diyala

    FIVE Islamic State militants - including a local commander, allegedly involved in recruiting suicide bombers - were killed during a military air strike targeting the hideout near the village of Sensel, northeast of the city of Baqubah, in Iraq's Diyala province on 12 September, NINA reported. The

  • IED attack kills 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 Karrada district in the centre of Iraq's capital Baghdad on 12 September, NINA reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Analysis: YPG - the Islamic State's worst enemy

    While the Islamic State (IS) has swept away the armies that have stood before it, a little-known group fighting its own war against the extremist group has done remarkably well. The People's Protection Units (Yekîneyên Parastina Gel: YPG) are the defence force of the Democratic

  • Mountain problem - Religiously motivated violence in Tunisia

    Key Points Factionalisation among Tunisian Salafists heightens the risk that some will start to support attacks inside the country. The return of Tunisian foreign fighters from Syria, Iraq, and Libya, where they receive combat expertise and training, is the primary domestic security concern. So

  • Beheading of journalist highlights IS intent to goad US into broader conflict

    EVENT The Islamic State (IS) issued a video on 2 September showing the beheading of US freelance journalist Steven Sotloff, apparently by the same IS operative who had beheaded James Foley two weeks ago. The IS said that the killing was in response to US raids against Amerli, Zummar, and the Mosul

  • Boeing awarded AH-6i contract for Saudi Arabia

    Boeing has been formally awarded a contract for the manufacture of 24 AH-6i Little Bird light attack/reconnaissance helicopters for Saudi Arabia. The contract, which was first revealed by Boeing in late 2013 but only announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 29 August, is valued at

  • IED attack kills a security force member in Somalia's Mogadishu

    A SECURITY force member was killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated by unidentified militants as his vehicle was passing nearby in the Hiliwaa district of Somalia's capital Mogadishu on 21 August, Radio Dalsan reported. No group or individual immediately claimed responsibility

  • Paramount's AHRLAC makes its first flight

    What is being billed as Africa’s first wholly designed and built military aircraft, the Paramount Group’s Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC), reached a significant milestone with its maiden flight on 7 August. The aircraft makes its 'official public' first

  • US airstrikes in Iraq likely to prevent Islamic State militants' advance into Kurdistan Region or Baghdad

    EVENT US president Barack Obama yesterday (7 August) authorised airstrikes on Islamic State militants to protect the Kurdistan Region and Yazidi refugees stranded in the Sinjar Mountains; humanitarian relief was also delivered today (8 August). The authorisation of US airstrikes comes after the

  • Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claim responsibility for missile attack in the Gaza Strip

    IN A STATEMENT released on 2 August, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, politically affiliated with Fatah, claimed responsibility for firing seven missiles at Israeli military forces in the Shujaiyya neighbourhood in Gaza City in the Gaza Strip earlier that day, Maan News Agency reported.

  • Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claim responsibility for rocket and missile attack in Israel

    IN A STATEMENT released on 2 August, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, politically affiliated with Fatah, claimed responsibility for firing two rockets at the Aby Matbeeq military base in an unspecified location in Israel earlier that day, Maan News Agency reported.

  • Palestinian militants inflict substantial casualties on Israeli forces in Gaza

    Palestinian militants have killed at least 53 Israeli soldiers since the launch of Israel's latest offensive targeting the Gaza Strip. Mohammed Najib reports from the West Bank on the tactical and operational advances made by militants that have led to this relatively substantial death toll.

  • Hamas's tactics highlight severe cost of war with Hizbullah and raise risk of third intifada against Israel

    Key Points Hamas has brought about a suspension of some flights at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, and inflicted significant casualties against Israel. Hamas has forced Fatah to back it, and internal dynamics within Fatah raise the risk of the movement splitting and factions within it calling for

  • Military air strike kills five civilians in Syria's Raqqa

    ACCORDING to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a woman and her four children were killed during a military air strike targeting alleged anti-government militants in the city of Al-Tabaqa in Syria's Raqqa governorate on 15 July. Casualty figures provided by the Syrian

  • EU renews arms embargo on Sudans

    Alarmed at the violence and chaos in Sudan and South Sudan, the 28 EU nations agreed on 10 July to maintain arms embargoes on both countries, while targeting key individuals considered responsible for the instability. More planned sanctions are in the works if the perpetrators do not cease their

  • Public reaction to subsidy reduction programme will be a key indicator of political stability in Egypt

    EVENT The Egyptian cabinet on 4 July reduced subsidies on electricity, natural gas and fuel for industrial and private users. Subsidy reform is a pressing issue for Egypt given that the cabinet forecasts a budget deficit of 14%. IHS has assessed that economic protests are the key threat to Egypt's

  • IDF inflicts blows on Hamas after teen kidnapping

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has completed a large-scale, three-week offensive against Hamas in the West Bank following the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers near Hebron on 12 June. Their bodies were found on 30 June. "The kidnapping has strategically harmed Hamas to the extent that the

  • Analysis: Boko Haram's history of violence provides clues to group's next moves

    Although militant Islamist group Boko Haram is likely to launch more frequent and increasingly deadly attacks in Nigeria, an analysis of the organization’s past activities suggests it will limit most of its guerilla activities to its stronghold home region, according to IHS Jane’s

  • South African Badger evaluation going well, says Denel

    The Badger infantry combat vehicle developed by Denel Land Systems for the South African Army is now undergoing test and evaluation by the Joint Project Team (JPT) and engineers from the defence acquisition agency Armscor. According to Denel Land Systems CEO Stephan Burger, the programme is