Terrorism & Insurgency


  • Potential for radicalisation in South Africa rises

    The domestic terrorism threat in South Africa is currently low, but appears set to rise as a result of increasing radicalisation within the Muslim community. Robert Besseling examines the extent of the threat and the authorities' ability to respond effectively.
  • Rise of Shia militias shapes the future of Iraq

    With Iraq effectively divided into three broad areas of control, Shia militias have emerged at the forefront of the struggle against the Islamic State. Jonathan Spyer reports from Baghdad on the militias' growing influence in a country that is on the brink of collapse.
  • Pakistan widens counter-insurgency operation

    Operation Zarb-e-Azb has led to a reduction in militant attacks in Pakistan. One year on, Asad Ali assesses the continuing challenges to the government, military, and intelligence services to consolidate the country's security gains and maintain public confidence.
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  • Synomosia Pyrinon tis Fotias (SPF)

    Key Facts Name: Synomosia Pyrinon tis Fotias (SPF) or Fire Conspiracy Cells. Aliases: Conspiracy of Cells of Fire; CCF; Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei; Nuclei of Fire Conspiracy; Conspiracy Nuclei of Fire; Terrorists' Rebel Group; Terrorist Guerrilla Team; Guerrilla Group of Terrorists; Guerrilla Team of

  • AN/WQX-2

    Type Swimmer detection sonar (SDS) Development The initial AN/WQX-2 system had been transitioned directly, as part of an urgent operational requirement, from a research and development (R&D) project to operational use following a terrorist attack in Dharan, Saudi Arabia, in June 1996. It has

  • Battle Control System

    Type Air and missile defence command-and-control (C2) system Development The BCS programme is a series of US Air Force (USAF) spiral development/evolutionary acquisition contracts. Spiral 1 was initiated as an urgent need in response to the terrorist attacks in September 2001 and was intended to

  • SeaBat 7123

    Type Triple-frequency forward-looking sonar. Description SeaBat 7123 is an advanced, commercial off-the-shelf-based high-resolution sonar with both military and commercial applications. Military uses include mine countermeasures (MCM) and waterside security applications, and require a special