• Yemeni rebels claim cruise missile attack on UAE

    Yemen’s Ansar Allah group further fuelled suspicion that it is receiving Iranian strategic weapons when it claimed it had carried out a long-range cruise missile attack on the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The group, popularly known as the Houthis, stated on 3 December that the cruise missile

  • IDF declares C-Dome operational

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on 27 November that the Rafael C-Dome naval point defense system – the maritime version of the Iron Dome anti-rocket system – is fully operational. The declaration came after intensive sea trials during which a C-Dome system installed on the

  • IDF exercise stresses cloud capability, certifies latest Tzayad system

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) successfully certified the latest version of its Tzayad command-and-control (C2) system during its largest training exercise of the past 19 years, service officials have confirmed. The 10-day Exercise ‘HaDagan’ was conducted across the IDF’s

  • Russia negotiating access to Egyptian airbases

    The Russian government released a document on 30 November showing that it is reached a preliminary agreement with Egypt to use its “airspace and aerodrome infrastructure”. Signed by Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev, the document authorised the Russian Ministry of Defence, in

  • Saudi Arabia intercepts another ballistic missile

    A ballistic missile launched from Yemen towards the southern Saudi city of Khamis Mushayt on 30 November was intercepted, according to the Saudi Press Agency. The interception took place at 2020 h (1920 GMT), the news agency reported on 1 December. The Yemeni rebels announced that they had carried

  • Riyadh conference outlines role of new Saudi-led alliance

    Key Points The IMCTC will facilitate capacity building and intelligence sharing. It has a military commander, but no military force has been announced. An inaugural meeting of ministers from the Saudi-led Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) has gone some way towards clarifying

  • DARPA launches effort to shorten analysis cycle for security situations

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing technology to enable analysts to rapidly develop models that can address national security situations. The predictive type models will enable different scenarios to be analysed as well as analysis of various intervention

  • IED attack kills two people in Iraq's Baghdad

    TWO people were killed and six others were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated at a market in the town of Al-Tarmiya, north of Iraq's capital Baghdad, on 28 November, Iraqi News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Israeli Navy completes first Saar 4.5 upgrade

    Key Points The first Saar 4.5 has now been fitted with the ALPHA radar. The new radar is the most significant part of an upgrade that is being rolled out across the class. The Israeli Navy has completed the installation of a new radar on the first of its Saar 4.5 missile ships and has begun work

  • VBIED attack kills five people in Yemen's Aden

    AT LEAST five people were killed and 12 others were wounded when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) detonated outside the Ministry of Finance in the Khor Maksar area of the city of Aden in Yemen's Aden governorate on 29 November, Reuters reported. The building was severely damaged

  • Belgium to deploy NH90 helicopters to Mali

    The Belgium cabinet has approved the deployment of two Belgium Air Force NH90 helicopters to Mali to support the United Nations mission in that country. The Belgium government announced on 23 November that the helicopters would be deployed along with approximately 50 personnel to a “secured

  • Iran claims to be building region’s largest warship

    The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) unveiled a large model of a training ship called Khalij Fars (Persian Gulf) on 29 November, saying it will be the largest warship in west Asia. The Iranian media reported that the vessel will be 135 m long and 16 m wide, have a displacement of 6,500 tonnes,

  • Saudi Border Guard takes delivery of additional Lürssen patrol boats

    The coastguard arm of the Saudi Border Guard (SBG) took delivery of two more Lürssen-built 40 m patrol boats in late November. Afif and Buqayq – the 6th and 7th hulls to be built – were delivered by transport ship to the port of Dammam on Saudi Arabia’s east coast. Notably,

  • Sudanese president’s request for Russian support likely to expedite US decision to remove Sudan from terrorism list

    Key Points The US will probably remove Sudan from the SST before end-December, owing to sustained progress in counter-terrorism co-operation and on regional security. Although President Bashir asked for Russia’s support against alleged “US aggressive acts” on 23 November, this is

  • Chinese tank destroyers exercise in Djibouti

    China has deployed at least two ZTL-11 8x8 amphibious tank destroyers to Djibouti, it was revealed when photographs and TV footage were released showing a live-firing exercise carried out by the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Marines detachment now based in the country on 23 November.

  • Detention of Al-Qaeda loyalists by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham increases likelihood of group's irreversible fragmentation in Syria

    Event On 28 November, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) released a statement announcing the detention of several senior jihadists in Syria loyal to Al-Qaeda, including Sami al-Oraydi and Abu Juleibib al-Urduni. Al-Oraydi was the chief religious authority of Jabhat al-Nusra (as HTS was known before

  • Grenade attack wounds three civilians in Burkina Faso's Ouagadougou

    THREE civilians were wounded when a grenade, thrown by unidentified assailants on motorcycles, detonated targeting French soldiers in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou on 27 November, Reuters reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Suicide attack kills at least 17 people in Iraq's Baghdad

    AT LEAST 17 people were killed and 28 others were wounded when two Islamic State suicide bombers opened fire targeting civilians before one of the militants detonated his explosives in the Nahrawan area in Iraq's capital Baghdad on 27 November, Reuters reported. The other attacker was killed by

  • Armed clashes reportedly kill a suspected local AQAP commander and a police officer in Yemen's Lahij

    IN A STATEMENT released on 26 November, a security official reported that a suspected local Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) commander and a police officer had been killed as security forces raided the suspect's residence during a counter-terrorism operation in the Al-Wahat area in Yemen's

  • IED and small-arms attack kills at least 305 worshippers in Egypt's North Sinai

    AT LEAST 305 worshippers, including 27 children, were killed and 128 people were wounded when at least 30 suspected Wilayat Sinai militants detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) before opening fire on fleeing worshippers at the Al Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed in Egypt's North Sinai