• Bolivia establishes new air defence command

    Bolivia officially established its new Airspace Security and Defence Command with the swearing in of Air Force General Melvin Arteaga Aguada as the organisation's commander on 17 October, according to a Bolivian Ministry of Defence (MoD) statement. The command was stood up to enforce Bolivia's

  • IDF expands Kfir brigade's role

    The 900th Kfir Brigade has recently been reassigned from the 162nd Armoured Division to the 340th Division: a move that will see the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF's) youngest formation shift away from territorial security activities to become an all-purpose, multi-arena brigade. The infantry brigade

  • MILAN ER cleared for production

    On October 15, MBDA completed a firing campaign intended to validate the series production of the MILAN Extended Response (ER) anti-tank missile. This followed qualification of the MILAN ER weapon system during the first half of 2014, and involved the launch of four missiles against fixed and moving

  • Arrests of alleged Islamic State militants in Mauritania's north signal potential greater risk to hostages in future kidnap cases

    EVENT Four alleged Islamic State supporters were arrested on 12 October in Mauritania's northern mining town of Zouerate. The four arrested were employed by state iron ore mining company Société Nationale Industrielle et Minière (SNIM), according to reports in Mauritanian media.

  • Arson attempts increase risk of heavier intervention by police to end Hong Kong protests

    EVENT On 22 October, in Mong Kok, an anti-Occupy protester attempted to set fire to a supply station run by Occupy Central demonstrators in what appears to be the first such incident during the protests. Protesters apprehended the man before he could ignite the flammable liquid he had used. Police

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  • Islamic State reveals US equipment failures

    In the latest series of military failures revealed by the Islamic State's media channels, a US airdrop intended for the Kurdish defenders of the northern Syrian town of Kobane was instead seized by fighters from the Sunni militant group. A video released by the Islamic State on 21 October showed a

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