Terrorism & Insurgency

  • IED attack kills civilian in Iraq's Baghdad

    A CIVILIAN was killed and eight others were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants detonated near shops in the Nairiyah area of Baghdad al-Jidida district in Iraq's capital Baghdad on 27 February, Al-Mada reported. No group immediately claimed

  • Unidentified militants kill six civilians in Iraq's Baghdad

    A MAN and his five children were killed when unidentified militants attacked their residence in the predominantly Shia Muslim Al-Husseiniya district of Iraq's capital Baghdad on 27 February, Al-Mada reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Al-Shabaab mortar attack targets presidential palace in Somalia's Mogadishu

    SEVERAL mortar rounds, launched by Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen militants, hit areas near the presidential palace in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on 26 February, Reuters reported. No casualties were reported. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack and claimed that several rounds had

  • IEDs attack kills 15 people in Nigeria's Plateau

    FIFTEEN people were killed when three improvised explosive devices (IEDs), thrown from a vehicle by unidentified militants, detonated at a bus station and university in the city of Jos in Nigeria's Plateau State on 26 February, the BBC reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the

  • Suicide attack kills at least 17 people in Nigeria's Borno

    AT LEAST 17 people were killed when an unidentified suicide bomber detonated their explosives at a bus station in the town of Biu in Nigeria's Borno State on 26 February, the BBC reported. A second alleged suicide bomber was reported to have been caught by a crowd and beaten to death. No group


  • Efforts made to improve global cyber-security

    Multilateral meetings are set to explore how to tackle cyber-security, but international co-operation is far from straightforward. Tim Maurer looks at the potential challenges in finding common ground amid an increase in cyber-attacks in 2014
  • Sunni force unlikely to challenge the Islamic State

    Jabhat al-Nusra is successfully undermining the creation of a moderate Sunni ground force in Syria, which is critical for defeating the Islamic State. Columb Strack analyses data showing how the group has made gains towards establishing its own caliphate.
  • The evolution of Greece's armed revolutionaries

    In the shadow of one of Europe's most sustained terrorist problems, Greece is entering a new era of radical left-wing politics. George Kassimeris explores the threat facing the country's counter-terrorism agencies from the next generation of militant anarchists.
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  • US opens door to increased UAV sales

    Key Points A new US policy could facilitate military UAV exports to more countries The policy is the latest in a series of efforts to "modernise and reform" US export controls for the aerospace and defence industry The Obama administration on 17 February unveiled a new policy that could


  • 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