• Syrian troops cross Euphrates

    Key Points Syrian government forces have established a bridgehead on the eastern side of the Euphrates The SAA is now in a position to secure crucial oil fields and prevent the SDF advancing further down the Euphrates valley Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops have staged a river crossing to set up a

  • EUNAVFOR provides additional training modules for the Libyan Coastguard and Navy

    A cadre of 87 Libyan Coastguard and Navy personnel arrived in Italy on 17 September to attend new training modules at the Italian Navy Petty Officer Academy in Taranto. The group, comprising officers and petty officers and including three supporting tutors, will attend two different training

  • Angola receives first Su-30K fighters

    Angola has received the first two of 12 Sukhoi Su-30K multirole fighters and is expected to receive the rest by early 2018, Aleksandr Vorobei, the CEO of the 558th Aviation Repair Plant in Belarus, told Sputnik on 19 September. The aircraft were originally produced for India as an interim fighter

  • Approval of administrative reconciliation law likely to face strong public opposition and trigger further protests in Tunisia

    Event Tunisia’s parliament approved the Administrative Reconciliation Law on 13 September 2017, a controversial law that exempts from punishment public officials involved in corruption probes who served in the government before the 2011 revolution. The bill was first proposed by President

  • Cross-border raids into Burundi more likely outcome of DRC killings than conflict with Congolese military

    Key Points The killings in Kamanyola are likely to provoke retaliatory raids into northwest Burundi, rather than spark a conflict between Burundian militants and Congolese security forces within South Kivu. The ability of Burundian militants to mount such raids will likely be augmented in the

  • Draft timetable indicating local elections delayed again until 2018 driving large-scale opposition protests in Guinean capital

    Event The main opposition Union of Guinean Democratic Forces (Union des Forces Démocratiques de Guinée: UFDG) has called for major demonstrations in the Guinean capital, Conakry, on 20 September and 27 September to demand that repeatedly delayed local elections last held in 2005 take

  • Suicide attack kills 15 in Nigeria's Borno

    AT LEAST 15 people were killed and 43 others were wounded when two female suicide bombers detonated their explosives at an aid distribution point in the village of Mashalari in the Konduga area of Nigeria's Borno state on 18 September, Al-Jazeera reported. The two bombers detonated their explosives

  • Suspected Al-Shabaab militants kill one local official in Somalia's Mogadishu

    ONE local official - identified as Fows Mohamed Hussein - was shot dead by suspected Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen militants in her home in the Hamarjajab district in Somalia's Banaadir region on 17 September, Shabelle Media Network reported. No group has immediately claimed responsibility for

  • Elbit moving defence work out of Cyberbit

    Elbit Systems is turning its cyber security subsidiary, Cyberbit, into a pure-play commercial company, Elbit announced on 19 September. Cyberbit’s existing defence work will be moved into Elbit’s C4I unit, with Cyberbit continuing to offer cyber security primarily for the financial

  • MEPs approve report calling for tighter arms exports, embargo on Saudi Arabia

    The European Union should set up a new supervisory body for arms exports, while tightening its existing rules governing export criteria and reporting obligations at a national level, according to a report approved by members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on 13 September. The report by Swedish

  • Israel shoots down UAV

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) fired a Patriot surface-to-air missile at an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that entered the demilitarized zone on the Syrian-Israeli border on 19 September, IDF spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus stated. He said the Iranian-made UAV was operated by

  • Ceasefire breach likely to degrade SPLM-N in Blue Nile, reducing capability to target Sudanese government, oil assets

    Event Anti-government Sudanese People's Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N) forces led by Malik Agar on 15 September reported that Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) had advanced 40 kilometres southwest from Blue Nile state's capital, Ad-Damazin, towards Taga area in Ingessana Hills. The SPLM-N

  • Egypt to receive South Korean naval vessel

    Egypt will receive at least one South Korean naval vessel, the Egyptian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 15 September. The MoD said that, during a visit to South Korea to boost bilateral co-operation, Defence Minister Sedki Sobhi had inspected “one of the naval pieces that will be

  • IED attack wounds 30 people in the UK's London

    THIRTY people were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) - reported to have involved a timer and triacetone triperoxide (TATP) explosives - partially detonated on a London Underground train at Parsons Green station in United Kingdom's capital London on 15 September, the BBC and the

  • Israel announces first permanent US military facility

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on 18 September that the first permanent US military facility has been established in Israel. The IDF said the facility at the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF’s) Aerial Defense Academy in southern Israel will house dozens of US soldiers who will be

  • Suspected Islamist militants kill five people in Cameroon's Extreme Nord

    FIVE people were killed by suspected jihadists in a suicide attack in Kossa in Cameroon's Extreme Nord on 17 September, L'Oeil du Sahel reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, though Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyyah militants have attacked the region before.

  • VBIED attack kills one person in Iraq's Kirkuk

    ONE person was killed and eight others were wounded by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), detonated by unidentified militants, in the Adan neighbourhood of Kirkuk in Iraq's Kirkuk province on 16 September, Al-Sumaria TV reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the

  • VBIED attack wounds five security guards in Libya's Cyrenaica

    AT LEAST five security guards were wounded when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated outside the passport department in Budzira district in the city of Benghazi in Libya's Cyrenaica region on 15 September, the Libya Herald reported. There

  • Finland extends Merikarhu Mediterranean deployment

    The Finnish Border Guard’s (FBG’s) Improved Tursas-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Merikarhu will remain at its Greek Adriatic station for another six months, stretching into the beginning of 2018. The coastguard patrol vessel departed Helsinki in February to join, for the second

  • Lockheed Martin completes preliminary review of heliborne EW system

    Lockheed Martin has announced that its Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare (AOEW) system, which provides MH-60 helicopters with enhanced electronic warfare surveillance and countermeasure capabilities against anti-ship missile (ASM) threats, has passed the preliminary design review (PDR) stage.