• Suicide attack wounds three French soldiers in Mali's Menaka

    THREE French soldiers were wounded when a suspected Islamist militant suicide bomber detonated their explosives targeting a French military convoy between Menaka and Ideliman in Mali's Menaka region on 11 January, Kibaru reported. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

  • VBIED attack kills three soldiers in Yemen's Shabwa

    THREE soldiers were killed and an unspecified number of others were wounded when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), described in reports as 'booby-trapped', detonated, targeting a military convoy in Saeed district in Yemen's Shabwa governorate on 10 January, Xinhua reported.

  • UK deploys Wildcat to Oman

    Two UK Royal Navy (RN) Wildcat HMA.2 helicopters have been deployed to Oman to replace a shore-based detachment of Merlin HMA.2 helicopters in the Middle Eastern country. The RN has had shore-based Merlin maritime helicopters in Oman for more than a decade to monitor shipping movements in the

  • British air commander acknowledges agile Russian info ops in Syria

    Russian information operations during its intervention in Syria have often left US-led coalition countries struggling to respond, according to the former commander of UK air operations in the Middle East. Air Commodore Johnny Stringer, the UK’s Air Component Commander for a year up to October

  • Fighting between Ivorian military units likely to slow progress on army reforms and drive civilian protests

    Event Soldiers from the Third Artillery Battalion attacked the base of the elite Co-ordination Centre for Operational Decisions (Centre de Coordination des Décisions Opérationnelles: CCDO) unit in the Sokoura neighbourhood of Côte d’Ivoire’s second city, Bouaké, on

  • Al-Hashd al-Shaabi reports capturing an Islamic State weapons cache in Iraq's Kirkuk

    Near Hawija, Kirkuk province, al-Hashd al-Shaabi media reported that the 52nd Brigade al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Badr Organisation) captured Islamic State weapons caches that included small arms, artillery rockets, tank ammunition, and suicide bomb belts.

  • IED attack wounds two people in Somalia's Banaadir

    TWO people were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants on their vehicle, detonated in the neighbourhood of Taleeh in Hodan district in Somalia's Banaadir region on 10 January, Radio Kulmiye reported. No immediate claim of responsibility for the attack

  • Iran’s Caspian frigate hits breakwater

    Iran’s only frigate on the Caspian, Damavand , suffered minor damage when it collided with a breakwater as it entered its home port of Bandar-e Anzali due to a storm, according to a military statement reported by the Iranian media. Amateur video footage showed the vessel grounded near the

  • Tribal conflict in south Iraq likely to increase, exacerbated by returning PMU fighters and oil sector growth

    Event The governorate council of Maysan, in south-central Iraq, held an emergency session on 26 December 2017 about the escalation of tribal conflict in the province that month and tribal control of border crossings, and requested a meeting with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. As of 11 January

  • US gifts Greece Kiowa scout helicopters

    The Greek Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defence (KYSEA) has accepted a US donation of 70 retired OH-58D Kiowa Warrior reconnaissance helicopters for the Hellenic Army. KYSEA authorised the Ministry of Defence to receive EUR44.16 million (USD52.8 million) for restoring the helicopters

  • Israel’s ARI selects Australian-listed Elsight for UGV communications

    Israeli company Automotive Robotic Industry (ARI) has selected Australian-listed Elsight to supply communications technologies for its armed unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), it was announced on 10 January. ARI said in a press release that Elsight – an Israeli-owned firm listed on the

  • Turkey to recruit more than 43,000 additional military personnel in 2018

    The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) will recruit more than 43,000 new military personnel in 2018 to fill gaps and to meet urgent requirements after more than 8,000 staff were dismissed or arrested in purges following the July 2016 failed coup attempt. Turkish Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli told a

  • Syrian military says it thwarts Israeli strikes

    The Syrian military announced on 9 January that it had prevented three Israeli attempts to attack targets in the Al-Qutayfah area northeast of Damascus earlier that day. In a statement reported by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the military’s General Command said Israeli aircraft

  • Another Israeli Arrow 3 test aborted

    The Israel Ministry of Defense (MoD) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) halted the latest test of the Arrow 3 ballistic missile interceptor on 10 January, citing a technical error. The Arrow 3, which became operational a year ago, releases a ‘kill vehicle’ to intercept incoming

  • Court convicts on terrorism offences in the UK's London

    AT THE OLD Bailey Court in the United Kingdom's capital London on 8 January, a couple - identified as Munir Hassan Mohammed, aged 37 and Rowaida El-Hassan, aged 32 - were found guilty for preparing an act of terrorism after planning to conduct an Islamic State-inspired chemical attack and improvised

  • Former South Korea defence minister confirms military pact with UAE

    South Korea has a secret agreement to offer military assistance to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in an emergency, Kim Tae-young, a former South Korean defence minister, said in an interview published by the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper on 9 January. Kim said the agreement consisted of a memorandum of

  • Islamic State militants reportedly execute their own militants in Iraq's Salah ad Din

    IN A STATEMENT issued on 8 January, a Hashd al-Shaabi commander - Jabaar al-Maamouri - reported that Islamic State militants had executed an unspecified number of the group's militants in Mutaibija in Iraq's Salah ad Din province on an earlier unspecified date after they allegedly refused to conduct

  • Landmine attack targets police officers in Somalia's Mogadishu

    MEDIA reports on 9 January stated that an unspecified number of police officers had been wounded when a landmine, emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated on Industrial Road in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on an earlier unspecified date, Hiiraan reported. Although no immediate claim of

  • Stalled negotiations make resumption of militant attacks on Nigerian oil infrastructure increasingly likely as 2019 election approaches

    Key Points President Buhari and the Nigerian government have shown no signs of reacting to threats by the Niger Delta Avengers to resume a devastating bombing campaign. A list of key demands reiterated by veteran militant general Tompolo are yet to be addressed more than a year after negotiations

  • US Army seeks 120 AH-6 helos for Saudi Arabia and other FMS customers

    The US Army has issued a request for information (RFI) for up to 120 Boeing AH-6 light attack and reconnaissance rotorcraft for Saudi Arabia and other undisclosed allied operators. The sources-sought notification, which was posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website on 9