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  • Djibouti, China agree 'strategic partnership'

    Djibouti and China signed a "security and defence strategic partnership" agreement on 25 February, according to the Horn of Africa's Sabahi news service. Sabahi cited Djiboutian Defence Minister Hassan Darar Houffaneh as saying he had signed an agreement with his Chinese counterpart,

  • Risk of violence in Ukraine will rise substantially around Crimean referendum

    EVENT The local parliament in the Ukrainian region of Crimea today (6 March) voted to schedule a previously proposed referendum on 16 March to decide whether the autonomous republic should be integrated into the Russian Federation. The peninsula's residents will be asked whether they favour

  • Pentagon budget 2015: Army plans to drop three aviation brigades

    Key Points Active duty CABs would reduce to 10 while the Reserve components retain 12 A restructuring seeks to focus Reserve brigades on assault, lift, and medevac missions, and active brigades on attack and scout functions The US Army plans to reduce its active duty combat aviation brigades

  • Ukraine vs Russian land forces

    Russia's military capabilities, as illustrated by this comparison of respective land forces, are significantly larger and more capable than Ukraine's.

  • Egyptian military protects itself from civilian oversight and guarantees control over economic interests and security policy

    EVENT Interim president Adli Mansour on 1 March swore in a new cabinet headed by Ibrahim Mehlib, the former housing minister and senior figure in the now dissolved National Democratic Party (NDP) from the era of former president Hosni Mubarak. Former prime minister Hazem al-Beblawi's cabinet

  • Peru cabinet reshuffle signals medium-term stability on economy and energy policy

    EVENT Peruvian president Ollanta Humala conducted a cabinet reshuffle on 24 February. The reshuffle included the appointment of Rene Cornejo, an engineer and mathematician who had been serving as minister of housing, as the new president of the Council of Ministers. Eight new ministers were

  • Suppression of protests suggests Algerian military and political elite are closing ranks before poll

    EVENT On 1 March 2014, a new pro-democracy movement, Barakat ("enough" in Algerian Arabic), announced its formation via Facebook and social media. Barakat rejects a fourth presidential term for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, but has also said that he is not the sole problem, and that

  • Unbowed and unbroken - Somalia's Al-Shabaab emerges seemingly unscathed following internal purge

    Key Points The leader of Somali militant Islamist group Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen, Ahmad Godane, presided over a major internal purge in mid-2013. In the process, Godane scattered a disparate but unified body of internal opposition, tightening his central command of the group. Al-Shabaab

  • UPDF Air Wing to move main base

    Uganda will begin moving its main air base from Entebbe International Airport just south of Kampala to Nakasongola in the centre of the country in March, the country's New Vision newspaper reported on 23 February. President Yoweri Museveni expressed his approval of the plan during an air force

  • Luxembourg passes operational milestone in support of EU anti-piracy mission

    The Luxembourg Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) detachment flew its 1,000th operational sortie as part of the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Operation 'Atalanta', it was announced on 16 February. The MPRA Detachment's Swearingen SW3C Merlin maritime surveillance aircraft

  • Russian naval pilot training facility nears completion

    Russia is making solid progress on the construction of its new naval aviation training facility at Yeysk Airbase in the country's Southern Military District, satellite imagery analysis reveals. Work on creating the new carrier-based naval aviation training complex at Yeysk is scheduled to be

  • Move of legislature to Equatorial Guinea's largest city increases risk of crime and police violence

    EVENT Equatorial Guinea has started relocating the executive from the capital Malabo to the country's largest mainland city, Bata, to promote the economic and social development of the Litoral region, government spokesperson Teobaldo Nchaso Matomba announced on 12 February. The planned relocation

  • Terrorism, Insurgency & Non-State Armed Groups – Review & Outlook

    Geographic concentration in Middle East and South Asia In January 2014, Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak noted that “the phenomenon of terrorism is global in nature. So, wherever you are, you might become a target.” While this statement is not false – the threat of

  • Air strikes kill four civilians in Syria's Deraa

    ACCORDING to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, four people, including civilians and militants, were killed in an air strike by government forces near the city of Deraa in Syria's Deraa governorate on 30 December. Casualty figures provided by the Syrian Observatory for Human

  • IED attack kills at least eight people and wound 67 others in Pakistan's Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa

    EIGHT people were killed and 67 were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated inside an Islamic preaching centre in the Charsadda road in Peshawar city of Pakistan's Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa on 16 January, Pajhwok, Khaama Press, and Al-Jazeera

  • FPI militants attack a church in Indonesia's North Sumatra

    FRONT Pembela Islam (FPI) militants attacked members of a local church in the city of Binjai in Indonesia's North Sumatra province on 1 December, causing no casualties, Khabar South Asia reported. The FPI claimed responsibility for the attack, stating they had attacked the church because it should

  • F-35 completes Block 2B weapon accuracy trials

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter passed its latest milestone with the final weapon delivery accuracy test for a Block 2B munition, it was announced on 11 December. The 6 December drop, which took place at the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base in

  • Security forces detain seven suspected RKK militants in Thailand's Narathiwat

    SEVEN suspected Runda Kumpulan Kecil (RKK) militants were detained by security forces during a counter-terrorism raid on a private residence in the Sawor area of Rueso district in Thailand's Narathiwat province on 21 November, the Bangkok Post reported. The RKK are village-level commando cells

  • JTIC Brief: Changing times - Pakistani Taliban selects new leader

    Key Points Pakistani militant Islamist group Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) announced on 7 November that Maulana Qazi Fazlullah had become the group's new leader. Fazlullah replaced Hakimullah Mehsud, who was killed in a suspected United States unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) missile strike in North

  • Rheinmetall confirms Indonesian Leopard 2 contract

    Indonesia has acquired 103 Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks (MBTs), 42 upgraded Marder 1A3 infantry fighting vehicles, and 11 armoured recovery and engineering vehicles from surplus German Army stocks, Rheinmetall Defence confirmed in a 13 November statement. The statement said that Rheinmetall would

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