Terrorism & Insurgency

  • 'No evidence' Russia is inclined to de-escalate in Ukraine

    Evidence is thin on the ground so far that Russia intends to respect its commitment - agreed in Geneva on 17 April - to help de-escalate tensions in eastern Ukraine, according to Washington's chief envoy to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). A failure on Russia's

  • Islamists in northern Mali more likely to execute Western hostages as French forces step up operations

    EVENT The Malian government yesterday condemned the killing of French hostage, Gilberto Rodrigues Leal, who was kidnapped in November 2012 in the southwest city of Kayes on his way to Togo. On 22 April, Yoro Abdoul Salam, a leader of the Islamist militia Jamaat Tawhid wal Jihad fi Gharb Afriqa

  • Suicide bomber kills 10 people in Iraq's Wasit

    FIVE police officers, three civilians, and two unspecified security force personnel were killed and 11 civilians were wounded when an unidentified suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt at a security checkpoint in the Leg area in the north of Iraq's Wasit province on 21 April, NINA reported.

  • Ukraine dominates NATO agenda

    Ukraine will likely dominate NATO's forthcoming summit in September, although allied officials have warned that it should not hijack attention away from other pressing security issues. "It is too soon to predict what the effects of Crimea will be in the long term, but it is a sure thing that

  • Unidentified militants kill civilian south of Iraq's Baghdad

    A CIVILIAN was killed and another was wounded when unidentified militants opened fire on them in the Latifiya area, south of the capital Baghdad, on 21 April, NINA reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

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  • Australia signs up for 58 more F-35s

    Australia is to buy 58 more Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) at a cost of AUD12.4 billion (USD11.4 billion), Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced on 23 April. Together with the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) 24 in-service Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet strike


  • L-3 Integrated Systems AP-3C and Australian P-3 'special mission' variants

    Type Family of SIGnals INTelligence (SIGINT) and multi-sensor surveillance aircraft. SIGnals INTelligence (SIGINT) and multi-sensor surveillance aircraft. Description Over time, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has been reported as operating (or having operated in the recent past) a small

  • Chenowth light strike vehicle (LSV)

    Development The Chenowth light strike vehicle (LSV) is a development of Chenowth's original off-road racing vehicle, which combines low weight, high-speed, and good cross-country mobility and manoeuvrability. The original military model was the two-seat fast attack vehicle (FAV) produced din the

  • Boeing E-3 Sentry

    Type Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) aircraft. Description The Boeing E-3 Sentry is a land-based, multi-operator, AWACS aircraft that can be refuelled in-flight; utilises a militarised Boeing 707-320B airframe and provides an all-weather, surveillance, Command and Control (C2 ) and


    Type Surface ship deployed, reactive, active expendable torpedo decoy. Development LESCUT (Launched Expendable SCUTter) is a joint product between Ultra Electronics Ocean Systems of the United States and RAFAEL of Israel. LESCUT is a rocket, mortar or over-the-side launched, expendable torpedo