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  • A step beyond

    UK-based simulation, training and consultancy NSC (Stand A141) is providing the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior with a virtual environment in which the crews of its Desert Chameleon armoured personnel carriers can familiarise themselves with aspects of the vehicles’ Remote Multipurpose Turret

  • Election 2014: Algerian protest risks will remain high beyond presidential poll

    Key Points The cancellation shows the degree of hostility faced by Bouteflika's campaign in some areas of Algeria, particularly those with Berber populations. The 17 April 2014 election and Bouteflika's probable victory are unlikely to mark the end of such protests, especially in the Kabylie

  • Army forces air bombardments kill one anti-government militant in Syria's Al-Quneitra

    ACCORDING to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, one anti-government militant was killed in army air strikes targeting militants on an unspecified location of Syria's Al-Quneitra governorate on 29 March. Casualty figures provided by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights cannot

  • Burkinabé president's re-election bid likely to continue despite allied party opposition, increasing risks of violent protest

    EVENT The main allied party of the Burkinabé ruling Congress for Democracy and Progress (Congrès pour la Démocratie et le Progrès: CDP) announced after its annual conference that it is totally opposed to a referendum on removing presidential term limits. The Alliance for

  • Country Risk Watch - April 2014

    Security crackdown will not stop anti-Maduro protests in Venezuela University students and civil society groups are likely to continue staging anti-government protests and roadblocks in Venezuela, despite incumbent president Nicolás Maduro's calls for dialogue. The protests, which Maduro has

  • Djibouti, China agree 'strategic partnership'

    Djibouti and China signed a "security and defence strategic partnership" agreement on 25 February, according to the Horn of Africa's Sabahi news service. Sabahi cited Djiboutian Defence Minister Hassan Darar Houffaneh as saying he had signed an agreement with his Chinese counterpart,

  • Egyptian military protects itself from civilian oversight and guarantees control over economic interests and security policy

    EVENT Interim president Adli Mansour on 1 March swore in a new cabinet headed by Ibrahim Mehlib, the former housing minister and senior figure in the now dissolved National Democratic Party (NDP) from the era of former president Hosni Mubarak. Former prime minister Hazem al-Beblawi's cabinet

  • Suppression of protests suggests Algerian military and political elite are closing ranks before poll

    EVENT On 1 March 2014, a new pro-democracy movement, Barakat ("enough" in Algerian Arabic), announced its formation via Facebook and social media. Barakat rejects a fourth presidential term for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, but has also said that he is not the sole problem, and that

  • Unbowed and unbroken - Somalia's Al-Shabaab emerges seemingly unscathed following internal purge

    Key Points The leader of Somali militant Islamist group Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen, Ahmad Godane, presided over a major internal purge in mid-2013. In the process, Godane scattered a disparate but unified body of internal opposition, tightening his central command of the group. Al-Shabaab

  • Move of legislature to Equatorial Guinea's largest city increases risk of crime and police violence

    EVENT Equatorial Guinea has started relocating the executive from the capital Malabo to the country's largest mainland city, Bata, to promote the economic and social development of the Litoral region, government spokesperson Teobaldo Nchaso Matomba announced on 12 February. The planned relocation

  • Air strikes kill four civilians in Syria's Deraa

    ACCORDING to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, four people, including civilians and militants, were killed in an air strike by government forces near the city of Deraa in Syria's Deraa governorate on 30 December. Casualty figures provided by the Syrian Observatory for Human

  • Dubai Air Show 2013: Algeria shows interest in MALE UAV from UAE

    Algeria is considering the Adcom Systems Yabhon United 40 Block 5 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to fulfill its medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) requirement, a company official said at the Dubai Air Show 2013. Speaking to IHS Jane's on 17

  • Iran rolls out another medium-range SAM

    Iran has continued to increase the confusion surrounding its air defence programmes by announcing that another medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) called the Sayyad-2 has gone into production. The Sayyad-2 was first mentioned in April 2011, when the Iranian media reported that it had been

  • Islamist militant attacks in northern Mali increasingly likely to escalate

    EVENT Media reports of ongoing low-level skirmishes in Kidal, a stronghold of the Tuareg movement, continued on 30 September between soldiers belonging to the Malian army and Tuaregs of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (Mouvement Nationale pour la Libération de l'Azawad:

  • South African Badger ICV contract delayed

    The South African National Defence Force's (SANDF's) new infantry combat vehicle was approved by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula in February, but the contract has yet to be awarded by the state acquisition agency Armscor, according to Secretary for Defence Dr Sam Gulube. Speaking to

  • UK donates RHIB to Kenya

    The Kenyan Navy has been donated a rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) from the UK as part of a wider effort to improve the African country's maritime security. "The boat is an interceptor, capable of quick reaction and rapid interdiction of suspect vessels," the British High Commission

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