Terrorism & Insurgency

  • IED attack kills one person in Iraq's Baghdad

    ONE person was killed and three others wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated inside a civilian vehicle in the south of Iraq's capital Baghdad on 26 November, Al-Mada reported. No group or individual claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Lebanese military court charges 26 suspected militants

    A MILITARY court in an unspecified location in Lebanon on 25 November charged 26 suspected militants - including an unspecified number of Syrian nationals - with alleged involvement in the double suicide bombing that killed 44 people in Lebanon's capital Beirut on 12 November, Reuters reported.

  • Security forces foil IED attack in Northern Ireland's County Londonderry

    AN IMPROVISED explosive device (IED) was discovered on a road near the village of Feeny in Northern Ireland's County Londonderry on 24 November, the BBC reported. Bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled-detonation of the device on 25 November and confirmed it was viable. No group or

  • Situation deteriorates in Helmand province

    Afghan insurgents have reportedly taken control of large swathes of Helmand province and, while heavy fighting is ongoing in different areas, are also threatening the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. The Taliban control approximately 80% of Helmand, while in districts like Marjah and Khanashin the

  • Unidentified gunmen kill an opposition politician in Venezuela's Gaurico

    A POLITICIAN for the opposition Democratic Action party - identified as Luis Diaz - was killed when unidentified gunmen opened fire on his vehicle in the town of Altagracia de Orituco in Venezuela's Guarico state on 25 November, Al-Jazeera reported. No group or individual immediately claimed


  • New cyber platforms offer criminal potential

    As cyber innovations change the operating environment for terrorists and criminals, Cameron Colquhoun assesses how new advances are likely to appeal to law-breakers.
  • Russian money-laundering put under pressure

    Increased scrutiny from the Kremlin and tougher international regulation have forced Russian money-laundering networks to expand beyond their traditional markets. Andrew Bowen assesses the efficacy of current efforts to contain and counter the crime.
  • Civil conflict re-ignites in South Sudan

    By looking to alter South Sudan's federal structure, President Salva Kiir has reignited civil conflict in the country. Amid ongoing fighting, Michael Horton considers the bleak prospects for an end to the conflict, even if the country's neighbours intervene.
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  • UAE trains new Yemeni army

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is training soldiers for a new Yemeni army at Al-Anad Air Base in southern Yemen. The UAE's official WAM news agency reported on 23 November that a batch of Yemeni soldiers had graduated from a training course run by the UAE's military. While WAM did not say how many
  • NORM wisdom: Portal cuts nuisance alarms

    Radiation portal monitor (RPM) technology is being trialled for cargo screening at an unnamed Western European capital city airport. The patented Discovery RPM from Symetrica is designed to discriminate accurately between potential threat radioactive sources and naturally occurring radioactive


  • 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