• F-22s arrive in Germany for training

    Key Points Four USAF F-22s arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany on 28 August The aircraft are part of the ERI to assuage allies' concerns of recent Russian activity Four US Air Force (USAF) Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor combat aircraft arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany on 28 August,

  • Honduras hosts disaster relief exercise

    Exercise 'Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias' ('FA-HUM') 2015 officially began on 27 August in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and runs through 4 September to practise humanitarian and disaster relief operations. The US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)-sponsored event includes eight regional participants, plus

  • Last Brazilian Army SPAAGs arrive in Rio de Janeiro

    The last eight of 34 Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Gepard 1A2 self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (SPAAGs) acquired from German Army surplus disembarked in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 31 August. After completing an official receipt process, the vehicles, which are the sixth batch received, will conduct a

  • 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

  • Army and Hizbullah agree 48-hour local ceasefire with Islamist militant groups in Syria's Rif Dimashq

    MILITARY forces and allied- Hizbullah militants, agreed on 26 August with Harakat Ahrar al-Sham al-Islamiyya and other Islamist militants on a 48-hour ceasefire, starting at 0300 GMT on 27 August, in the town of Zabadani in Syria's Rif Dimashq governorate, Al-Arabiya reported.

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  • Drugs policy metrics under review

    Key Points Current metrics and indicators used to measure the effectiveness of drug control policies maintain a narrow focus on arrests, prosecutions, seizures, eradication, and the destruction of drug processing facilities. Any new metrics are likely to involve moving away from an assessment of

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