• Police arrest one suspected Islamic State militant in Sweden's Malmo

    In Malmo, the police arrested an alleged Islamic State supporter suspected of preparing a terrorist attack.

  • Security forces seize weapons cache in Iraq's Anbar

    In al-Harith, near al-Zadain, Anbar province, the Iraqi Security Forces captured a weapons cache that included two suicide bomb belts, four improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and 22 grenades.

  • SVBIED attack kills at least four people in Yemen's Aden

    AT LEAST four people were killed and an unspecified number of others were wounded when an unidentified militant detonated a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) outside a Security Belt camp in Mansoura district in the city of Aden in Yemen's Aden governorate on 14 November,

  • VBIED attack wounds one person in Somalia's Mogadishu

    In Mogadishu, a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) detonated near the immigration department headquarters seriously wounding one person. No group claimed responsibility and no arrest has been made.

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: Kuwait to procure UAVs

    The Kuwaiti Air Force is considering the procurement of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to enhance its reconnaissance and operational capabilities, and to protect the country’s border regions, the service chief told Jane’s on 13 November. Speaking at the Dubai Airshow, Major General

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: RSAF praises Typhoon’s performance over Yemen

    The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) has noted the superior operational effectiveness and increased safety margins of its Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft during the type’s ongoing mission over Yemen. Speaking to Jane’s at the Dubai Airshow, RSAF Typhoon pilot First Lieutenant Abdul Aziz

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: Japan looks to Gulf for C-2 export sales

    The Japanese Ministry of Defence (MoD) has displayed the newly designed and produced Kawasaki C-2 transport aircraft at the Dubai Airshow, and hopes to export the aircraft to the Gulf region. On 14 November, Colonel Tokukazu Omine, the C-2 programme manager for the MoD, told Jane’s that Japan

  • Leonardo boosts cybersecurity operations in the UAE

    Leonardo announced on 13 November that it is to boost its cybersecurity presence in the Gulf region following the announcement of a partnership with Emirati firm MVP Tech. Under the partnership agreement, the two companies will work together on providing integrated security solutions in the United

  • Mauritanian landing ship construction gets underway

    A ceremony was held in China on 9 November to mark the start of construction for a 1,750 tonne landing ship for Mauritania, according to Chinese media reports that cited the Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group. An artist’s impression of the ship displayed during the ceremony showed a landing

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: UAE-based Calidus reveals new COIN aircraft

    United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based Calidus has revealed a new turboprop aircraft designed for light attack counterinsurgency (COIN). The single-engined B-250, which was unveiled at the Dubai Airshow running from 12 to 16 November, is a tandem twin-seat aircraft that is built around the Rockwell

  • Ethiopian Amhara region’s North Shewa zone likely to see violent protests targeting foreign-owned commercial assets spread

    Event Ethiopian protesters demonstrating against recent power outages and a lack of local infrastructure burned a Chinese-owned chipwood factory and associated vehicles on 8 November in Minjar Shenkora district, North Shewa zone, in the southeast of Amhara region, approximately 70 kilometres east

  • Islamic State militants reportedly capture control of area in Syria's Deir al-Zour

    IN A STATEMENT issued on 13 November, local tribal leaders reported that Islamic State militants had captured control of Albu Kamal in Syria's Deir al-Zour governorate on an earlier unspecified date after Iranian-backed pro-government militias were ambushed by the militants in suicide and rocket

  • Rwandan SH3 self-propelled howitzer spotted

    A Norinco 122 mm SH3 tracked self-propelled howitzer was observed in service with the Rwandan Defence Forces (RDF) for the first time on 10 November, with President Paul Kagame’s office releasing a photograph of a vehicle that participated in a combined-arms exercise designated ‘Hard

  • Suicide attack reportedly kills five police officers in Iraq's Ninawa

    IN A STATEMENT issued on 11 November, a security official reported that five police officers had been killed and seven others wounded when unidentified suspected Islamic State suicide bomber detonated their explosives targeting a security checkpoint in al-Houd village in Mosul in Iraq's Ninawa

  • Unidentified assailant kills Iranian political activist in The Netherlands' South Holland

    ONE Iranian political activist - identified as 52-year-old Ahmad Mola Nissi, the founder of the nationalist Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz (ASMLA) - was shot dead by an unidentified assailant in The Hague in The Netherlands' South Holland on 8 November, Reuters reported. No group

  • Unidentified militants target oil pipeline near Bahrain's Manama

    UNIDENTIFIED militants attacked an oil pipeline, causing an explosion in Buri village, 15km from Bahrain's capital Manama on 10 November, Reuters reported. The Ministry of the Interior confirmed that the explosion was an attack and stated that it had been caused by terrorist sabotage and linked the

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: IOMAX showcases Block 2 Archangel, looks to close out sales

    IOMAX has showcased a new and improved Block 2 variant of its Archangel Border Patrol Aircraft (BPA), as it looks to close out sales with at least four new customers. Speaking to Jane’s on 14 November, IOMAX officials said with the Block 2 aircraft on static display at the Dubai Airshow, the

  • Bahrain pipeline IED attack likely to provide pretext for escalating Saudi-led regional confrontation with Iran

    Key Points The Bahraini government accused Iran of having ordered the attack. Although IHS Markit was unable to independently verify the claim, it is more likely than not that Iran chose this as a plausibly deniable response to Saudi Arabia’s perceived recent escalation against Iranian

  • Kuwaiti Typhoon assembly begins

    Eurofighter partner companies have begun the assembly of major components of the Kuwaiti air force’s Typhoon combat aircraft, according to the vice president of Leonardo’s Eurofighter Programme Unit, Giancarlo Mezzanatto. He revealed details of the assembly activity for the 28 Kuwait

  • QinetiQ establishes UAE targets joint venture

    QinetiQ announced on 12 November that it had launched a joint venture with the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) Middle East General Enterprises (MGE). Under the venture, the two companies will work together on building and developing aerial and maritime target drones, which will be used in