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  • Spain helps to stand up Cape Verde special forces

    A Spanish Navy team has begun training members of Cape Verde's armed forces to help the tiny Atlantic archipelago set up its own special operations unit. The programme began on 15 September as part of the two countries' bilateral defence accord, according to the Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD).

  • Top US general may recommend troops 'accompany' ISF in combat

    Key Points The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he may propose US troops embed with Kurdish or Iraqi forces for some attacks Obama and other White House officials repeatedly have said US ground troops will not have a combat mission US military leaders are still considering how deeply to

  • State of failure - Libyan government struggles to stem violence

    Key Points Tribal forces from western Libya, allied with loyalists of former leader Muammar Ghaddafi and remnants of the former army, are fighting against a coalition of Islamist forces primarily from the coastal area between Misratah and Tripoli. Limited military intervention in the conflict is

  • Taiwan debuts new kit at 'Han Kuang' drills

    Taiwan's armed forces unveiled new equipment, the largest maritime live-fire drill in a decade and used civilian aircraft in the annual 'Han Kuang' exercise held from 15-19 September. On 16 September the Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) landed a Lockheed Martin F-16A/B, an F-CK-1 (Ching Kuo)

  • SOCEUR realigns allied SF interoperability training

    US European Command's Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) is adjusting its efforts to foster greater allied special forces (SF) interoperability by putting increased emphasis on smaller-scale exercises and small unit exchanges in the Baltic region and Eastern Europe. The move comes as part

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  • US says 'serious questions' remain over Syrian CW

    The United States has made the strongest indication to date that Syria may have withheld some of its chemical weapons on 18 August, when it said there are still "serious questions" about its declaration to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The White House


  • AS 9 mm silent assault rifle

    Development The AS (Aвтомат Sпециальный Vал) 9 mm silent assault rifle, also referred to as the Val (Shaft) can trace its origins back to the time when Gary Powers of the US Air Force was

  • Fabrica De Arme Cugir 5.45 mm assault rifles

    Development When the Romanian small arms manufacturer Fabrica De Arme Cugir S.A. began production of 5.45 mm assault rifles the standard 7.62 mm calibre AKM was already in production as the Model 1963. Consequently this was used as the basis for a modified rifle to fire the new 5.45 mm cartridge,

  • FN F2000 5.56 mm assault rifle

    Development The first information regarding the FN Herstal 5.56 mm F2000 Modular Assault Weapon System (MAWS) was released in March 2001, following a concept and development period dating back to 1995. During this initial stage investigations were made into future requirements regarding assault

  • IWI X95 5.56 mm assault rifle

    Development The IWI X95 is a further development of the 5.56 mm Micro-Tavor assault rifle. It was originally developed for use special forces requiring a weapon of rifle calibre but with reduced length. The model name of Micro-Tavor was dropped in mid-2008 and the gun was re-launched as the