Terrorism & Insurgency

  • Afghan Taliban appears divided over leadership

    Key Points The announcement of the death of Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar has prompted a leadership struggle within the group and derailed peace talks with the Afghan government. Resistance to the Pakistan-facilitated peace talks within the Afghan government has increased following a series of

  • Army and Hizbullah agree 48-hour local ceasefire with Islamist militant groups in Syria's Rif Dimashq

    MILITARY forces and allied- Hizbullah militants, agreed on 26 August with Harakat Ahrar al-Sham al-Islamiyya and other Islamist militants on a 48-hour ceasefire, starting at 0300 GMT on 27 August, in the town of Zabadani in Syria's Rif Dimashq governorate, Al-Arabiya reported.

  • Bangkok attack marks shift in terrorist threat

    Key Points An unusually deadly attack in Bangkok on 17 August marked a significant shift in the terrorist threat environment in Thailand. The attack came after a period in which Malay-Muslim separatist militants in the south of Thailand had intensified their operations, including expansion into

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin - 28 August 2015

    Americas 26 August 2015 - Brazil: In São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo state, employees from carmaker Mercedes Benz held a street protest over job cuts and announced further strikes. 27 August 2015 - Chile: Truck drivers blocked Route 5, which links Santiago with southern cities, to

  • IED attack kills tribal elder in Pakistan's Bajaur

    A TRIBAL elder - reportedly associated with the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) - was killed when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced on a roadside by unidentified militants, detonated in the Zari area of Bajaur Agency in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on 23 August,

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  • Drugs policy metrics under review

    Key Points Current metrics and indicators used to measure the effectiveness of drug control policies maintain a narrow focus on arrests, prosecutions, seizures, eradication, and the destruction of drug processing facilities. Any new metrics are likely to involve moving away from an assessment of


  • 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