Terrorism & Insurgency

  • IED attack damages vehicles in Saudi Arabia's Riyadh

    AN UNSPECIFIED number of vehicles were damaged when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced on the vehicle of a soldier, was detonated in the Al-Azizia district of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh on 8 February, Reuters reported. Reports contained no details of any casualties. The Islamic State

  • IED attack kills one person in Iraq's Baghdad

    ONE person was killed and seven others were wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack near a shopping zone in Nairiyah area located in the east of Iraq's capital Baghdad on 8 February, Iraqi News reported. No immediate claim of responsibility was made.

  • Islamic State militants clash with security forces in Syria's Deir ez Zour

    ACCORDING to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, armed clashes broke out after Islamic State militants detonated two suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (SVBIEDs) targeting security forces near the Deir ez Zour airbase in Syria's Deir ez Zour governorate on 4

  • Monitoring Islamist extremist activity online - January/February 2016

    Global: Islamic State moves online presence Over the course of January 2016, the Islamic State moved some of the online distribution of its media and its news service onto encrypted communication channels. The open source and encrypted communications software Telegram has become the recommended

  • Suicide attack kills six civilians in Afghanistan's Paktika

    SIX civilians were killed and nine others were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives targeting police and government employees buying bread at a bakery in the Yahyakhel district of Afghanistan's Paktika province on 8 February, Reuters reported. No immediate claim of responsibility


  • Isolated outposts: Badakhshan sitrep

    A new Afghan army division set up to pacify the country's northeast seems to lack the resources or strategy to effectively counter the Taliban threat in Badakhshan province. Franz J Marty reports
  • Syrian war shapes Middle East drug trafficking

    The Syrian conflict has created an environment conducive to illegal drug production and trafficking. Mohammed Najib examines the regional security response.
  • North Korea modernises submarine fleet

    North Korea continues to modernise its conventional submarine fleet, while developing a submarine-launched ballistic missile capability. Joseph S Bermudez Jr and Karl Dewey examine the North Korean fleet, and the threat it poses to South Korea and the region.
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  • USAF reveals 2014 nuclear 'mishap' that damaged ICBM

    The US Air Force (USAF) stripped personnel of their nuclear certification following a mishap in which a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was damaged, it was revealed on 23 January. The incident, which occurred in 2014 but is only now being publically acknowledged by the USAF,