• Afghan Taliban appears divided over leadership

    Key Points The announcement of the death of Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar has prompted a leadership struggle within the group and derailed peace talks with the Afghan government. Resistance to the Pakistan-facilitated peace talks within the Afghan government has increased following a series of

  • Greece seizes arms bound for Libya

    Greece has seized the Bolivian-flagged cargo vessel Haddad 1 , which was carrying arms to Libya, according to the Hellenic Coast Guard (HCG). The vessel was intercepted off the coast of Crete on 1 September by a special operations detachment on board the HCG's Saar-class offshore patrol vessel Rho

  • IMI pitches wall-breaching system to foreign customers

    Israel Military Industries (IMI) is now looking for foreign customers for its Explosive Breaching Frame (EBF), which uses charges to create man-sized holes in walls and heavy doors during urban combat. Daniel Davidi, business development manager at IMI, said the EBF was used extensively by Israeli

  • Increased border checks pose cargo and traffic delay risks in Central Europe

    EVENT Hungarian state-owned railway company MÁV on 3 September announced that it was suspending all direct international services until further notice, due to safety reasons. Hungary, an EU and a passport-free Schengen zone member, is becoming an increasingly popular transit route for

  • Increased likelihood of protests and localised incidents of violence in connection with Myanmar's historic November election

    Key Points Despite the strong expectations that the election will be free and fair, many technical and security challenges exist that could give rise to allegations of voting irregularities or fraud, raising the risk of localised protests and violent riots. Increased political instability and

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  • China military parade all about signaling

    Key points: What this parade does is confirm Chinese internet-sourced imagery that has been the basis for most open source analysis in recent years. The parade is all about signalling – both to international and domestic audiences of China’s strength and invulnerability. The context

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