Terrorism & Insurgency

  • Geopolitical order set to be tested in 2017

    Key Points Volatility marked geopolitical developments in 2016 and will become a future commonplace, with the hegemony of the United States under threat and the pace of technological change challenging historical security assumptions. The re-ordering of the global balance of power will accelerate

  • Alleged FLM militants free 93 prisoners in Mali's Segou

    AT LEAST 93 unidentified prisoners were freed after a group of approximately five suspected Islamist militants attacked a jail in the town of Niono in Mali's Segou region on 6 December, Reuters reported. Two guards were also wounded in the attack. Three prisoners were re-captured by security forces.

  • Pro-government militiamen repel Islamic State attack in Iraq's Ninawa

    At Tal Afar Airport, Ninawa province, al-Hashd al-Shaabi repelled an Islamic State attack that included three suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (SVBIEDs) and a suicide bomber.

  • Unidentified militants kill three security forces personnel in Afghanistan's Farah

    ONE police officer, one soldier and one National Directorate of Security (NDS) civilian worker were shot dead by two unidentified militants in Farah in Afghanistan's Farah Province on 1 December, Afghan Islamic Press reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • IED attack kills five people in Afghanistan's Nangarhar

    FIVE people were killed and 27 others - including five police officers were wounded when two landmines, emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated near a police vehicle in Jalalabad city in Jalalabad in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province on 25 November, Afghan Islamic Press reported. No group


  • US presidential election's impact on Syrian war

    The Syrian government will enter 2017 buoyed by Russian support and the election of a US president who is unlikely to pose an existential threat. Barak Barfi reports from Damascus and Aleppo on how the Trump presidency will change the conflict's dynamics.
  • French security reforms fail to resolve concerns

    Ahead of the second anniversary on 7 January 2017 of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, Alix Valenti surveys how well a comprehensive reorganisation of the French security apparatus, amid growing police discontent, has addressed rising security threats.
  • Chemical warfare threat continues to evolve

    As improvised chemical weapons attacks become increasingly common, greater training and awareness are needed for responders on the ground. Hamish de Bretton-Gordon examines some of the lessons to be learnt from chemical weapons use in Syria and Iraq.
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  • Syrian army seizes northern sector of Aleppo

    Key Points A long-expected ground assault on the rebel enclave in Aleppo city has made rapid progress Most of the rebels holding the northern sector appear to have retreated before becoming cut off A ground offensive by pro-government forces in Syria that began on 25 November made rapid progress
  • UK begins receiving UKMFTS training helos

    The rotary-wing (RW) portion of the UK Military Flight Training System (UKMFTS) programme took a step forward with the announcement on 8 December that the first of 29 Airbus Helicopters H135 Juno platforms had arrived in-country. Helicopter G-CJIW arrived at Airbus Helicopters' UK headquarters at