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  • Unidentified militants threaten police officer in India's Jammu and Kashmir

    UNIDENTIFIED militants forced entry into the residence of the father-in-law of a police officer in an unspecified location in India's Jammu and Kashmir state on 14 June, Daily Excelsior reported. The militants told the man to demand his son-in-law leave the police force. No group immediately claimed

  • Unidentified militants wound CRPF trooper in Indi's Jammu and Kashmir

    ONE Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper was wounded when two unidentified militants on a motorcycle attacked him with a stone near Sadoora Railway Station in the Qazigund area in Kulgam district in India's Jammu and Kashmir state on 14 June, Daily Excelsior reported. Th militants seized the

  • Absence of PLAN will not dent RIMPAC, say US Navy leaders

    The absence of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) at the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise will not adversely affect the success of the multi-national training manoeuvres, senior US Navy (USN) officials have asserted. Addressing media at the start of the 26th iteration of the

  • Despite media speculation, there is currently no persuasive evidence of Iranian government involvement in terrorist plot in France

    Event On 30 June, four individuals were arrested across Belgium, France, and Germany accused of planning a terrorist attack. An Iranian diplomat was among those apprehended, according to a Belgian government statement. The plot reportedly intended to target a 25,000-strong rally organised by the

  • MEPs approve EU defence capability pilot budget, but long-term funding uncertain

    Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on 3 July voted 478 to 179 in favour of an EU draft regulation to set aside EUR500 million (USD582 million) in funding for the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP), the so-called capability window of the EU’s wider European Defence

  • Nationwide electricity outage caused by anomalous heat highlights vulnerabilities in Azerbaijani power grid, potentially affecting oil production

    Event At 1230 local time on 3 July, abnormally high temperatures (on 1 July, Baku had reached 44 degrees centigrade, a 120-year record) caused a technical malfunction at the Mingachevir hydropower plant, Azerbaijan’s largest. This resulted in a nationwide power outage in Azerbaijan’s

  • China planning for Arctic operations

    A research report published in the Chinese Journal of Ship Research suggests that China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is considering future submarine operations in the Arctic. The study, which was undertaken at Harbin Engineering University, considers techniques to model

  • EDA countries preparing to prove their commitments to PESCO

    Starting in autumn 2018, the European Defence Agency (EDA) will begin defining its so-called strategic context cases, or technology-oriented scenarios, to guide the collaborative defence capability projects that EU countries should pursue in the future. Pegged to Europe’s defence needs in

  • Islamic State claims to kill 25 people in Afghanistan's Nangarhar

    IN A STATEMENT released via Telegram on 17 June, the Islamic State claimed that approximately 200 people had been either killed or wounded in two suicide attacks at gatherings of military forces and Taliban representatives in Jalalabad in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province earlier that day, BBC

  • Joint Expeditionary Force reaches full operational capability

    The UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) has reached full operational capability with the signature of a comprehensive memorandum of understanding (CMOU) by the defence ministers of the nine nations that make troops available to it. Signed on 28 July, the memorandum lays out decision-making

  • Netherlands, US sign defence agreement

    The US ambassador to the Netherlands has signed a defence agreement with his Dutch counterpart in Washington, DC, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in The Hague has announced. The ministry reported on 2 July that US Ambassador Pete Hoekstra and Dutch Ambassador Henne Schuwer signed an agreement to

  • US Air Force ends flying portion of Light Attack Experiment early

    Key Points The USAF cancelled the rest of its LAE after a fatal crash This will further exacerbate a poor availability rate for close air support aircraft The US Air Force (USAF) ended the flying portion of its Light Attack Experiment (LAE) early following a fatal crash that took place on 22

  • AMISOM drawdown put on hold

    The plan to reduce the size of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) later this year has been postponed by the African Union Peace and Security Council. Following a meeting in Mauritania on 1 July, the council stressed “the need to put on hold the October 2018 reduction of 1,000

  • Discrepancy in vote recount of election results would likely cause violent unrest in northern Iraq

    Event On 1 July 2018, local media in Kirkuk reported a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) attack on a warehouse, located in western Kirkuk, containing ballots from Iraq’s 12 May general election. The VBIED was prevented from reaching the warehouse, but killed a civilian and

  • Qatar signs for Hawk jet trainers

    Qatar has added nine BAE Systems Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft to its previously disclosed procurement of Eurofighter Typhoons. The company announced on 29 June that the emirate has amended the contract it signed in late 2017 for 24 Typhoons to include nine Hawks (previously, it had stated its

  • Grenade attack wounds four CRPF personnel and three civilians in India's Jammu and Kashmir

    FOUR Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and three civilians were wounded during a grenade attack conducted by unidentified militants targeting a CRPF vehicle in Tahab in Pulwama district in India's Jammu and Kashmir state on 4 June, Daily Excelsior reported. No group immediately claimed

  • Jamaica’s St James and St Catherine SOE extension to reduce homicides; potential crime displacement to nearby parishes

    Event On 29 June, Jamaica’s parliament approved a three-month extension of the state of emergency (SOE) in St Catherine North parish, declared in March 2018. This followed that in St James parish, where tourist area Montego Bay is located, in January 2018. The army has been deployed to

  • Kenya to get three C-27Js

    The Kenya Air Force (KAF) will take delivery of three C-27J Spartan transport aircraft, a Leonardo executive has confirmed to Jane’s . Citing a Kenyan National Treasury report to parliament, local media reported the procurement in late June, but said only one C-27J had been ordered for KES20

  • Russia signs contract for first 12 Su-57 multirole fighters

    On 30 June, Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexei Krivoruchko signed the contract for the supply of the first 12 Su-57 PAK FA jet fighters, Russian media reported. The fifth generation multirole fighters developed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau will be built at the Yuri Gagarin Aircraft Plant

  • Suicide attack wounds four Sutoro police officers in Syria's Hasaka

    FOUR members of the Assyrian Christian Sutoro police force were wounded when an unidentified suicide attacker riding a motorcycle detonated their explosives outside a Sutoro headquarters in the centre of the city of Hasaka in Syria's Hasaka governorate on 30 June, BBC Monitoring reported. No group

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