Terrorism & Insurgency

  • Taliban confirms Mullah Omar's death, succession

    The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) has confirmed that its reclusive leader Mullah Mohammed Omar has died due to illness. The confirmation came in the form of a statement posted on the Taliban's official website on 30 July: a day after the office of the Afghan president confirmed reports

  • VBIED attack kills four people in Yemen's Sanaa

    FOUR people were killed and another six were wounded in a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) attack targeting the Al Faydh Alhatemy mosque, predominantly used by Shia Muslim Ismailis, in the east of Yemen's capital Sanaa on 29 July, Reuters reported. Ismailis reportedly supported

  • An alleged senior Jabhat al-Nusra commander dies in suicide attack in Syria's Hama

    AL-MANAR TV reported on 28 July that an alleged senior Jabhat al-Nusra commander, identified as Abu Hamza al-Zawbi, had been killed in a suicide attack he carried out in Sahl al-Ghab in Syria's Hama governorate earlier that day. Zawbi reportedly posted on his purported Twitter account few hours

  • Armed clashes erupt between CPI-M and security forces during operation in India's Odisha

    ARMED clashes broke out between security forces and 50 to 60 Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-M) militants as security forces were conduction a cordon and search operation targeting a senior CPI-M commander, identified only as Jampanna, in Pongabaju forest in Kalahandi district of India's Odisha

  • FIVE soldiers were killed in a (SVBIED) attack in Libya's Cyrenaica region

    FIVE soldiers were killed and eleven others wounded when a suicide attacker, reportedly posing as a refugee, detonated a suicide vehicle-borne improvise explosive device (SVBIED) among a group of soldiers supervising refugees fleeing from armed clashes in Soukh Al-Hout and Sabri areas of the city of


  • 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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  • Turkey opens air bases for counter-IS strikes

    The Turkish government has formally approved an 'understanding' that allows the US-led coalition against Islamic State to use the country's air bases, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on 29 July. Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju BilgiƧ told reporters that the United States could now use


  • 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