• Brazilian Air Force establishes new air defence group

    The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has established the 3rd Anti-Aircraft Defence Group (3° GDAAE) at Anapolis Air Base (BAAN), the FAB announced on 3 March. The 3° GDAAE is composed of a single short-range air defence battery equipped with the Igla-S (SA-24 'Grinch') man-portable air defence

  • Germany approves Sea Lion helo procurement

    Germany has approved the purchase of 18 Sea Lion-variant NH90 helicopters valued at EUR1.4 billion (USD1.6 billion), the Reuters news agency reported on 4 March. The deal, which had already been previously announced, was struck to compensate Airbus (the primary stakeholder in NHIndustries) for

  • Al-Shabaab threatens Puntland officials in Somalia

    IN A STATEMENT released on 28 February, Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen threatened to attack officials from the semi-autonomous Puntland region of Somalia, Alldhacdo reported. The statement said that militants would target apostates in the Puntland Administration... wherever they go.

  • Anti-corruption drive puts more PLA generals in the dock

    Key Points Chinese state media has reported that 14 more PLA generals are under investigation as part of an anti-corruption drive This followed the naming of 16 senior officers in January Chinese president Xi Jinping's drive to purge the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of corrupt senior officers

  • Deaths of Venezuelan students increase violent unrest and property damage risks

    EVENT At least six youths connected with Venezuela's student-led anti-government movement have died in separate incidents in Venezuela in the past week. One victim was a schoolboy who was shot dead on 24 February by National Police for resisting arrest, according to Amnesty International. Other

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  • AQAP vies to exploit failing state of Yemen

    As Yemen fractures after a Houthi takeover, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has continued to organise, despite casualties from United States' airstrikes and Islamic State pressure. Ezzeldeen Khalil assesses the continuing threat from AQAP in the country.
  • Kazakhstan vows to crack down on terrorism

    President Nursultan Nazarbayev has declared a fight against terrorism and extremism as more Kazakhs are turning towards the Islamic State. George Voloshin assesses Astana's preventive diplomacy policy as the country prepares for its election on 26 April.
  • China prioritises managing unrest over reforms

    The annual number of incidents of mass unrest in China has increased in the past 15 years. Samantha Hoffman discusses the methods used to tackle this issue and whether it could escalate into a broader social movement to challenge the system of government
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  • US sidelined from Tikrit offensive

    Key Points Iraq has not asked the US-led coalition to assist the operation to clear Tikrit of Islamic State militants Iranian-backed Shia militias, rather than US-trained Iraqi Army units, make up the majority of the forces involved in the operation US officials have said the Iraqi government has
  • US opens door to increased UAV sales

    Key Points A new US policy could facilitate military UAV exports to more countries The policy is the latest in a series of efforts to "modernise and reform" US export controls for the aerospace and defence industry The Obama administration on 17 February unveiled a new policy that could

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