• EU renews CAR mission

    Despite earlier declarations to the contrary, the European Union is prolonging its peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) to enable a UN-led force to assume security operations in the troubled country. The EU member states agreed on 7 November to extend the EUFOR RCA mission

  • Suspected Boko Haram militants kill eight people in Nigeria's Adamawa

    EIGHT people were killed when suspected Boko Haram militants raided residences in the town of Dzur in Nigeria's Adamawa state late on 17 October, Reuters reported. The attack occurred the same day as the group reportedly signed a ceasefire agreement with the Nigerian government.

  • OSINT Summary: Ansar Allah continues territorial advance in Yemen

    Five members of Houthi tribal militant group Ansar Allah - previously known as Al-Shabab al-Muminin - were killed in clashes with Ansar al-Sharia militants in the Radda district of Yemen's Al-Bayda governorate on 15 October. Six members of Ansar al-Sharia - a front organisation of Al-Qaeda in the

  • Satellite imagery shows Parchin explosion aftermath

    Satellite imagery indicates that there was an explosion at Iran’s Parchin military research, development, and production facility on 5 October, raising fears about safety precautions at a site where nuclear weapons research allegedly has been carried out. The Iranian opposition website

  • Military air strikes kill seven ISIL militants in Iraq's Babil

    SEVEN Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants were killed during military air strikes targeting their positions in Al-Farisiya and Al-Abed Wais in Jurf al-Sakhar area in Iraq's Babil province on 29 April, NINA reported. A number of weapons caches were seized in a follow-up ground

  • Gabonese corruption probe raises moderate risk of contract reviews and expropriation

    EVENT Gabonese opposition leader Jean Ping stated on 2 October that he was not guilty of diverting funds and that an anti-corruption drive launched by President Ali Bongo in January 2014 could therefore not implicate him. Bongo's campaign, known as "Mains Propres" ("clean

  • Military air strikes kill 25 Islamic State militants in Iraq's Anbar

    IN A STATEMENT released on 20 September, a security official stated that 25 Islamic State militants were killed during military air strikes targeting their hideouts in the Husaybah, Al-Obeidi, and Qaim areas of Iraq's Anbar province on an earlier unspecified date, NINA reported. A number of hideouts

  • AAD: DCD Oribi offers tactical mobility

    South Africa's DCD Protected Mobility has developed a compact three ton-payload utility truck in co-operation with Histomart using commercial driveline components. The Oribi is built on an adaptive, modular space-frame chassis with a three- or six-seat enclosed cab - which can be given ballistic

  • Suspension of flights to Sanaa airport underscores rising war and instability risks in Yemen

    EVENT The Yemeni civil aviation authority announced on 19 September that flights to Sanaa International Airport will be suspended for 24 hours due to Houthi armed activity in the vicinity. Flights have been diverted to Aden airport. The state-news agency, Saba, reported that mortar fire had

  • 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.