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  • Lesotho soldiers back in barracks after apparent coup

    The Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) appears to have attempted a coup d'état on 30 August, although details remain murky. Troops surrounded and occupied several police stations, including the police headquarters in the capital, Maseru, took control of the radio station and public buildings, and

  • Czech Republic restructures special forces command

    The General Staff of the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) will assume command of the 601st Special Forces Group based in Prostejov from 1 January 2015, when the unit will be transferred to the ACR Special Forces Command responsible for planning and deployment. Command of the 601st Special Forces

  • East African states pledge troops for standby force

    Ten East African countries have formally pledged forces for the East African Standby Force following a meeting of the East African Council of Ministers of Defence and Security and the Committee of East African Chiefs of Defence on 22 August, Rwandan General Joseph Nzabamwita has announced. It is

  • Asia-Pacific region at risk of submarine-triggered conflict, says former RAN commodore

    Submarine acquisitions by more navies in the Asia-Pacific region increased the risk of a conflict being triggered by underwater confrontation, retired naval officer Dr Sam Bateman told a seminar at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore on 26 August. Bateman, formerly a

  • Czech's restructure special forces command structure

    The General Staff of the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) will assume command of the 601st Special Forces Group based in Prostejov from 1 January 2015, when the unit will be transferred to the ACR Special Forces Command responsible for planning and deployment. Command of the 601st Special Forces

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  • Good neighbours - China's strategic presence in Central Asia

    The northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang is experiencing ongoing violent unrest, but remains an economic gateway to Eurasia. Sarah Lain examines China's policy to improve security and economic co-operation with its Central Asian neighbours.
  • Guam: tip of the spear

    As the United States' westernmost territory, Guam is playing an increasingly important role. Gordon Arthur reports on progress there with improvements to accommodate part of the US strategic shift to the Pacific
  • Briefing: Sailing apart

    Although Australia and New Zealand jointly procured their ANZAC frigates to a common baseline, the two nations are now following very different courses for their respective mid-life update programmes. Richard Scott reports
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  • Ukraine conflict enters new phase

    The situation in east Ukraine "has changed radically", Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on 28 August. Anti-Kiev forces have launched counter-offensives apparently involving Russian regular forces along three axis that have seen the capture of the southeastern towns of Novoazovsk,
  • 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
  • Libyan gateway falls to Islamists

    Libya's main international airport has fallen into the hands of an Islamist militia following weeks of heavy fighting. Fighters from the Libyan Dawn coalition announced the capture of Tripoli International Airport on 23 August. The airport had been shut since 13 July amid clashes between the Libyan

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