• OSINT Summary: India launches helicopter-borne cross-border raids targeting Myanmar militant bases

    In the wake of several unusually hard-hitting militant attacks on Indian security forces close to the country's northeast border with Myanmar, Indian Army special operations forces struck back on 9 June with helicopter-borne raids on insurgent camps deep inside Myanmar. The reportedly successful

  • Unidentified militants kill former mujahideen fighter in Afghanistan's Kabul

    A FORMER mujahideen commander - identified as Maulwi Sayed Maqbool - was killed when unidentified militants opened fire on is vehicle in the Alikhil area of Deh Sabz district of Afghanistan's capital Kabul on 28 May, Khaama Press reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Risk of protests and riots over higher fuel prices in Iran mitigated by police forces' deployment at petrol stations

    EVENT Mohammad-Bagher Nobakht, President Hassan Rowhani's advisor for supervision and strategic affairs, announced on 25 May the implementation of the third phase of Iran's subsidy reform programme, passed into law in 2010. This phase includes replacing motorists' subsidised allowance with a

  • Kuwaiti authorities arrest members of suspected Islamic State-affiliated cell

    EVENT The Kuwaiti interior ministry announced on 25 May that seven members of an alleged militant cell affiliated with the Islamic State had been arrested. The cell reportedly intended to carry out attacks along the lines of the 22 May suicide bombing of a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia in order to

  • Grenade attack kills brother of provincial minister in Pakistan's Karachi

    THE brother of a Provincial Minister - identified as Akbar Nagori - was killed and three other people, including a police officer, were wounded when a grenade, thrown by unidentified militants, detonated targeting a Pakistan People's Party (PPP) headquarters in the Lyari area of the city of Karachi

  • Mexican Air Force EC725 forced down by cartel attack

    A Mexican Air Force (FAM) Airbus Helicopter EC725 medium transport helicopter was forced to conduct an emergency landing after it was attacked over Casimiro Castro-Villa Purificacion, Jalisco, on 1 May. Three soldiers on board were killed and 12 others on board were wounded. The EC725 was on a

  • Analysis: Saudi-led airstrikes continue in Yemen

    Key Points The Saudi-led coalition continued airstrikes after announcing Operation 'Determined Storm' had ended on 21 April Renegade Yemeni military units have increasingly become the focus of the air campaign ANALYSIS The Saudi-led military intervention against the Yemeni group Ansar Allah

  • China's first runway in Spratlys under construction

    Key Points Satellite imagery shows that China has begun building a runway on reclaimed parts of Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands The imagery, provided by Airbus Defence and Space, also shows China building islands on Subi Reef that if linked up would provide enough land for another airstrip

  • Mexico details long-term plan for international deployments

    Mexico plans to establish an infantry battalion that will deploy on international peacekeeping operations, a government inter-agency team known as the Peacekeeping Operations Working Group (Grupo de Trabajo - Operaciones de Mantenimiento de la Paz, GT-OMP) announced on 5 April. The GT-OMP is

  • OSINT Summary: DHKP/C militants kill prosecutor during hostage operation in Turkey's Istanbul

    Two members of left-wing militant group Devrimci Halk Kurtulus Partisi/Cephesi (DHKP/C) took prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz hostage during an attack at the Çaglayan Courthouse in the city of Istanbul in Turkey on 31 March. Following six hours of negotiation and communication with the militants,

  • Unidentified militants release hostage in Pakistan's Balochistan

    A POET was released by militants in Gwadar district in Pakistan's Balochistan province on 25 March, Dawn reported. The poet was kidnapped by unidentified militants from the district on 3 March.

  • Army forces foil attempted suicide attack on military headquarters in Iraq's Anbar

    SEVEN Islamic State suicide bombers driving vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) were killed in retaliatory fire by army forces as they approached a military headquarters in the city of Ramadi in Iraq's Anbar province on 12 March, Iraqi News reported.

  • Update: USN, USMC project future munitions shortages

    The US Navy (USN) and US Marine Corps (USMC) may face future munitions shortfalls in the next five years, service leaders told Congress on 10 March. Admiral Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, said the USN has ample supplies for current operations, but is projected to "have

  • US military in discussions for placing equipment 'activity sets' in Asia

    The US military is discussing the use of pre-positioned equipment 'activity sets' in the Pacific region, according to US Army Pacific (ARPAC) commander general Vincent Brooks. The United States keeps bases and equipment in Hawaii, Alaska, Washington state, Korea, Japan, Okinawa, and Guam, but

  • Lithuania to reintroduce conscription

    Key Points The Lithuanian State Defence Council has called for a reintroduction of conscription as a result of the Ukraine crisis The move will reverse a 2008 decision to abandon conscription and will see Lithuania's armed forces increase by 45% in size Lithuania is looking to reintroduce

  • Female suicide bomber kills five people in Nigeria's Yobe

    FIVE people were killed and dozens of others were wounded when a female suicide bomber detonated her explosives outside a market in the town of Potiskum in Nigeria's Yobe state on 22 February, Al-Jazeera and Reuters reported. Local witnesses claimed that the suicide bomber was a small girl,

  • NATO's new Readiness Action Plan leaves Europe's southern flanks vulnerable

    Key Points NATO's RAP has focused on responding to the emergent threat of Russia to its east As a result it has neglected to deal adequately with the threat from instability to the south in the Middle East and North Africa If carried through as envisioned, NATO's new Readiness Action Plan (RAP)

  • IED attack kills two civilians in Iraq's Baghdad

    TWO civilians were killed and four others were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated in the predominantly Shia Muslim Husseiniya neighbourhood of Iraq's capital Baghdad on 9 February, Reuters reported. No group immediately claimed

  • Canada shakes up defence, foreign ministries

    Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper announced on 9 February that Jason Kenney will be his new minister of national defence and replace Rob Nicholson, who will take over as minister of foreign affairs after serving in the top defence job since mid-2013. Kenney, who will retain a position as

  • Jordan breaks silence on airstrikes after death of pilot

    Emboldened by the death of one of their pilots at the hands of the Islamic State, the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) acknowledged for the first time on 5 February that Jordan had carried out airstrikes against the militant group. Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh was captured after ejecting from his F-16

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