• Boycott of Kenya’s re-run presidential election signals opposition coalition’s collapse, facilitating mining law and interest cap reviews

    Event The leader of Kenya’s opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, Raila Odinga, announced on 10 October that he will boycott the re-run presidential election scheduled for 26 October. President Uhuru Kenyatta of the ruling Jubilee Party will face ‘Third Way

  • FARC leader accuses President Santos of not honouring 2016 peace agreements in Colombia

    The head of the demobilised Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) militants, Rodrigo Londono Echeverri (alias Timochenko), accused President Santos of not honouring the 2016 peace agreements.

  • Irish Defence Forces receive extra funding

    Extra funding for the Defence Forces has been announced as part of the Irish government’s budget unveiled in Dublin on 10 October. The minister with responsibility for defence, Paul Kehoe, said EUR946 million (USD1.1 billion) had been allocated for defence funding in 2018. This represented a

  • Islamic State releases image of suicide bomber in Iraq's Anbar

    At Hit Council, Hit, Anbar province, the Islamic State circulated an image of suicide bomber Abu Zaynab al-Khalidi who targeted al-Hashd al-Ashair militiamen.

  • Military forces kill a Islamic State would-be suicide bomber in Iraq's Anbar

    In Anah, Anbar province, the 7th Division Iraqi Army killed an Islamic State would-be suicide bomber in a raid.

  • New Dutch ruling coalition to raise defence spending

    The four-party agreement reached on 10 October to form the next Dutch government foresees increasing defence spending by EUR1.5 billion (USD1.78 billion) a year. The four parties agreed to extra funding to ensure readiness, increase deployability, and to replace and upgrade equipment. The

  • Police arrest

    ACCORDING to the Minister of Intelligence Mahmoud Alavi on 9 October, several individuals, who were planning to perpetrate terrorist attacks across the country during the mourning ceremonies of the Islamic month of Muharram, had been arrested by police officers on an earlier unspecified date an

  • Kremlin maritime threat assessment highlights Norway as potential cause of naval conflict

    On 3 October Russia made public its most recent top level maritime threat assessment, distributed at the end of September to members of the Maritime Board led by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin and then sent to President Vladimir Putin. The document, entitled ‘On a comprehensive

  • AUSA 2017: Army to choose new FMTV A2 truck supplier next year

    The US Army is now in a source-selection phase as it prepares to update its Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTVs) from the A1P2 to A2 configuration, according to Colonel Dan Furber, project manager for Transportation Systems. A selection is expected for sometime in mid-2018 for the FMTV A2,

  • AUSA 2017: MPF programme to kick off with November request for proposals

    The US Army plans to release a request for proposals (RFP) for its Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) tank programme in about a month, officials said. A draft RFP was released in September and the army is accepting industry comments until 12 October, and then an RFP could be released in mid-November,

  • AUSA 2017: US Army receives its first next-generation Abrams tanks

    General Dynamics Land Systems (GLDS), recently contracted to build 45 Abrams M1A2 System Enhancement Package Version 3 (SEPv3) tanks, delivered the first production model to the US Army on 4 October, according to Lieutenant Colonel Jay Shell, Abrams programme manager. The army and GDLS are

  • AUSA 2017: US Army to upgrade some M113s as stop-gap measure

    A request for proposals (RFP) to upgrade a limited number of the US Army’s M113 armoured personnel carriers could be released in the next month or so to identify interested parties, according to Colonel Mike Milner, programme manager for the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV). The army

  • Turkish soldiers cross into Syria’s Idlib province

    Turkish soldiers crossed into Idlib province in northwest Syria on 8 October to set up observation posts, the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) announced on 9 October. The TSK said the operation was being conducted as part of the trilateral Astana Process under which it has agreed with Russia and Iran to

  • Army forces kill Islamic State suicide bomber in Iraq's Anbar

    In Mamal Jus, near Ramadi, Anbar province, the 32rd Brigade 8th Division Iraqi Army killed an Islamic State suicide bomber.

  • AUSA 2017: Stryker A1 configuration enters production

    The US Army’s fourth Stryker Double V-Hull (DVH) brigade, the first to incorporate an updated A1 configuration, is now in production and the initial vehicle rolled off the assembly line in September, Colonel Glenn Dean, programme manager for Stryker Brigade Combat Team, told Jane’s on 10

  • AUSA 2017: US layered BMD has proven to work, NORTHCOM deputy says

    The United States’ layered ballistic missile defense (BMD) shield has proven it can work in testing, according to Lieutenant General Reynold Hoover, the deputy commander of US Northern Command (NORTHCOM). “We rely on a ballistic missile defence systems,” Lt Gen Hoover said during

  • German Tornadoes fly first mission from Jordan

    Luftwaffe Tornadoes flew their first mission from Al-Asraq, Jordan, on 9 October, the Bundeswehr has announced. Two Tornadoes conducted reconnaissance flights against the so-called Islamic State, marking the full operational capability of the aircraft since the German contingent moved from

  • Grenade attack wounds three police officers in Somalia's Mogadishu

    AT LEAST three police officers were wounded in a grenade attack by unidentified armed militants in the Jamacadaha area of Hodan district of Somalia's capital Mogadishu on 8 October before fleeing the scene, Baidoa reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Israeli tank fire destroys Hamas outpost in the Gaza Strip

    ONE Hamas outpost in the Gaza Strip was destroyed by Israeli tank fire on 8 October, in response to unidentified Palestinian militants based in the Gaza Strip firing a rocket targeting southern Israel earlier that day, Reuters reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for firing the

  • Qatar seeks Hawk jet trainers

    Qatar’s recent letter of intent (LOI) for the procurement of Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft also included the provision of six previously undisclosed BAE Systems Hawk jet trainers. The inclusion of the Hawks was revealed in a wider BAE Systems communique announcing organizational changes

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