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Taliban announce interim government in Afghanistan

by Gabriel Dominguez & Olivia Harper

More than three weeks after taking control of Kabul, the Taliban announced on 7 September the formation of an interim government in Afghanistan featuring some cabinet members that are on a UN sanctions list and an acting interior minister who is on the FBI's wanted list.

Heading the caretaker government as acting prime minister of the ‘Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan', which is how the country will once again be formally called, will be Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, one of the group's founding members, with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the Taliban's political office in Qatar, set to be one of his deputies alongside Maulvi Adul Salam Hanafi, according to an announcement by chief spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid during a press conference held in Kabul on 7 September in which he announced that Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund would be the head of a new Taliban interim government in Afghanistan, while other key positions would go to some of the group's top officials. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images)

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid during a press conference held in Kabul on 7 September in which he announced that Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund would be the head of a new Taliban interim government in Afghanistan, while other key positions would go to some of the group's top officials. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images)

Akhund originates from Kandahar Province, the birthplace of the Taliban, and during the group's rule of Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 acted as foreign minister before being appointed as deputy prime minster.

Baradar fought alongside Mullah Mohammad Omar in the early 1990s during the period of unrest following the withdrawal of the Soviet Union from Afghanistan before founding the Taliban with Omar in 1996. As head of the political office in Qatar, Baradar oversaw the signing of the 29 February 2020 agreement with the United States that outlined the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.

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More than three weeks after taking control of Kabul, the Taliban announced on 7 September the format...

Taliban announce interim government in Afghanistan

by Gabriel Dominguez & Olivia Harper

More than three weeks after taking control of Kabul, the Taliban announced on 7 September the formation of an interim government in Afghanistan featuring some cabinet members that are on a UN sanctions list and an acting interior minister who is on the FBI's wanted list.

Heading the caretaker government as acting prime minister of the ‘Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan', which is how the country will once again be formally called, will be Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, one of the group's founding members, with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the Taliban's political office in Qatar, set to be one of his deputies alongside Maulvi Adul Salam Hanafi, according to an announcement by chief spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid during a press conference held in Kabul on 7 September in which he announced that Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund would be the head of a new Taliban interim government in Afghanistan, while other key positions would go to some of the group's top officials. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images)

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid during a press conference held in Kabul on 7 September in which he announced that Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund would be the head of a new Taliban interim government in Afghanistan, while other key positions would go to some of the group's top officials. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images)


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Washington to review export policies for Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Cyprus

by Charles Forrester

The US is ramping up export controls on Ethiopia and Eritrea in response to recent clashes between the two countries (Getty Images)

The US Department of State is preparing to add Ethiopia and Eritrea to its list of countries with a policy of denial for the transfer of military equipment under Section 126.1 of the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), while extending its waiver for Cyprus, Janes has learnt.

The updated policy toward Ethiopia and Eritrea came as a result of the recent conflict in the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia.


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DSEI 2021: UK Defence Secretary tries to calm rift with France over Australian submarine deal

by Tim Ripley

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has moved to calm a war of words with the French government over Australia's ditching of a deal to build conventionally powered submarines with French assistance in favour of nuclear-powered submarines based on UK and US technology.

The Australia - United Kingdom - United States (AUKUS) security partnership was announced by the leaders of the three countries' governments on 15 September. The radical shift in Australian submarine plans within it prompted the French Ministry of Armed Forces to call the decision “regrettable” and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drain to say he was angry at a “break in trust”.

Speaking to the media at the DSEI exhibition in London on 16 September, Wallace attributed the Australian decision to a changed requirement and said Anglo-French defence co-operation would continue.

“Australia wanted better capability to defend its interests,” said Wallace. “Australia joins the small club of operators of nuclear-propelled submarines. It gives them a strategic advantage. Australia wanted new capability.”


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UK PJHQ moves towards Multi-Domain Integration

by Tim Ripley

Operational commanders are reorganising how the UK Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) conducts overseas missions in the era of great-power competition.

Speaking at the DSEI exhibition in London on 15 September, UK Chief of Joint Operations (CJO) Vice Admiral Ben Key said overseas operational commanders would have more delegated authority to react quicker in fast-moving crises.

Vice Adm Key controls UK overseas operations from PJHQ at Northwood in West London and said the new Multi-Domain Integration (MDI) concept was driving other changes in how his operation does business. Under MDI, the UK armed forces plan to better combine air, land, maritime, cyber, and space capabilities to generate improved military effect.

The admiral cited the example of the recent transit of the UK's Carrier Strike Group 21 through the South China Sea earlier this summer, with work being carried out by PJHQ staff to calibrate its posture in the face of Chinese responses. “We asked ‘How do we generate cognitive effect but not in the traditional way of showing we have more ships that can go faster than theirs?'” he said.


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More than three weeks after taking control of Kabul, the Taliban announced on 7 September the format...

Taliban announce interim government in Afghanistan

by Gabriel Dominguez & Olivia Harper

More than three weeks after taking control of Kabul, the Taliban announced on 7 September the formation of an interim government in Afghanistan featuring some cabinet members that are on a UN sanctions list and an acting interior minister who is on the FBI's wanted list.

Heading the caretaker government as acting prime minister of the ‘Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan', which is how the country will once again be formally called, will be Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, one of the group's founding members, with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the Taliban's political office in Qatar, set to be one of his deputies alongside Maulvi Adul Salam Hanafi, according to an announcement by chief spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid during a press conference held in Kabul on 7 September in which he announced that Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund would be the head of a new Taliban interim government in Afghanistan, while other key positions would go to some of the group's top officials. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images)

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid during a press conference held in Kabul on 7 September in which he announced that Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund would be the head of a new Taliban interim government in Afghanistan, while other key positions would go to some of the group's top officials. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images)


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Washington to review export policies for Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Cyprus

by Charles Forrester

The US is ramping up export controls on Ethiopia and Eritrea in response to recent clashes between the two countries (Getty Images)

The US Department of State is preparing to add Ethiopia and Eritrea to its list of countries with a policy of denial for the transfer of military equipment under Section 126.1 of the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), while extending its waiver for Cyprus, Janes has learnt.

The updated policy toward Ethiopia and Eritrea came as a result of the recent conflict in the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia.


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DSEI 2021: UK Defence Secretary tries to calm rift with France over Australian submarine deal

by Tim Ripley

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has moved to calm a war of words with the French government over Australia's ditching of a deal to build conventionally powered submarines with French assistance in favour of nuclear-powered submarines based on UK and US technology.

The Australia - United Kingdom - United States (AUKUS) security partnership was announced by the leaders of the three countries' governments on 15 September. The radical shift in Australian submarine plans within it prompted the French Ministry of Armed Forces to call the decision “regrettable” and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drain to say he was angry at a “break in trust”.

Speaking to the media at the DSEI exhibition in London on 16 September, Wallace attributed the Australian decision to a changed requirement and said Anglo-French defence co-operation would continue.

“Australia wanted better capability to defend its interests,” said Wallace. “Australia joins the small club of operators of nuclear-propelled submarines. It gives them a strategic advantage. Australia wanted new capability.”


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UK PJHQ moves towards Multi-Domain Integration

by Tim Ripley

Operational commanders are reorganising how the UK Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) conducts overseas missions in the era of great-power competition.

Speaking at the DSEI exhibition in London on 15 September, UK Chief of Joint Operations (CJO) Vice Admiral Ben Key said overseas operational commanders would have more delegated authority to react quicker in fast-moving crises.

Vice Adm Key controls UK overseas operations from PJHQ at Northwood in West London and said the new Multi-Domain Integration (MDI) concept was driving other changes in how his operation does business. Under MDI, the UK armed forces plan to better combine air, land, maritime, cyber, and space capabilities to generate improved military effect.

The admiral cited the example of the recent transit of the UK's Carrier Strike Group 21 through the South China Sea earlier this summer, with work being carried out by PJHQ staff to calibrate its posture in the face of Chinese responses. “We asked ‘How do we generate cognitive effect but not in the traditional way of showing we have more ships that can go faster than theirs?'” he said.


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More than three weeks after taking control of Kabul, the Taliban announced on 7 September the format...

Taliban announce interim government in Afghanistan

by Gabriel Dominguez & Olivia Harper

More than three weeks after taking control of Kabul, the Taliban announced on 7 September the formation of an interim government in Afghanistan featuring some cabinet members that are on a UN sanctions list and an acting interior minister who is on the FBI's wanted list.

Heading the caretaker government as acting prime minister of the ‘Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan', which is how the country will once again be formally called, will be Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, one of the group's founding members, with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the Taliban's political office in Qatar, set to be one of his deputies alongside Maulvi Adul Salam Hanafi, according to an announcement by chief spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid during a press conference held in Kabul on 7 September in which he announced that Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund would be the head of a new Taliban interim government in Afghanistan, while other key positions would go to some of the group's top officials. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images)

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid during a press conference held in Kabul on 7 September in which he announced that Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund would be the head of a new Taliban interim government in Afghanistan, while other key positions would go to some of the group's top officials. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images)


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Washington to review export policies for Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Cyprus

by Charles Forrester

The US is ramping up export controls on Ethiopia and Eritrea in response to recent clashes between the two countries (Getty Images)

The US Department of State is preparing to add Ethiopia and Eritrea to its list of countries with a policy of denial for the transfer of military equipment under Section 126.1 of the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), while extending its waiver for Cyprus, Janes has learnt.

The updated policy toward Ethiopia and Eritrea came as a result of the recent conflict in the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia.


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DSEI 2021: UK Defence Secretary tries to calm rift with France over Australian submarine deal

by Tim Ripley

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has moved to calm a war of words with the French government over Australia's ditching of a deal to build conventionally powered submarines with French assistance in favour of nuclear-powered submarines based on UK and US technology.

The Australia - United Kingdom - United States (AUKUS) security partnership was announced by the leaders of the three countries' governments on 15 September. The radical shift in Australian submarine plans within it prompted the French Ministry of Armed Forces to call the decision “regrettable” and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drain to say he was angry at a “break in trust”.

Speaking to the media at the DSEI exhibition in London on 16 September, Wallace attributed the Australian decision to a changed requirement and said Anglo-French defence co-operation would continue.

“Australia wanted better capability to defend its interests,” said Wallace. “Australia joins the small club of operators of nuclear-propelled submarines. It gives them a strategic advantage. Australia wanted new capability.”


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UK PJHQ moves towards Multi-Domain Integration

by Tim Ripley

Operational commanders are reorganising how the UK Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) conducts overseas missions in the era of great-power competition.

Speaking at the DSEI exhibition in London on 15 September, UK Chief of Joint Operations (CJO) Vice Admiral Ben Key said overseas operational commanders would have more delegated authority to react quicker in fast-moving crises.

Vice Adm Key controls UK overseas operations from PJHQ at Northwood in West London and said the new Multi-Domain Integration (MDI) concept was driving other changes in how his operation does business. Under MDI, the UK armed forces plan to better combine air, land, maritime, cyber, and space capabilities to generate improved military effect.

The admiral cited the example of the recent transit of the UK's Carrier Strike Group 21 through the South China Sea earlier this summer, with work being carried out by PJHQ staff to calibrate its posture in the face of Chinese responses. “We asked ‘How do we generate cognitive effect but not in the traditional way of showing we have more ships that can go faster than theirs?'” he said.


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More than three weeks after taking control of Kabul, the Taliban announced on 7 September the format...

Taliban announce interim government in Afghanistan

by Gabriel Dominguez & Olivia Harper

More than three weeks after taking control of Kabul, the Taliban announced on 7 September the formation of an interim government in Afghanistan featuring some cabinet members that are on a UN sanctions list and an acting interior minister who is on the FBI's wanted list.

Heading the caretaker government as acting prime minister of the ‘Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan', which is how the country will once again be formally called, will be Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, one of the group's founding members, with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the Taliban's political office in Qatar, set to be one of his deputies alongside Maulvi Adul Salam Hanafi, according to an announcement by chief spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid during a press conference held in Kabul on 7 September in which he announced that Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund would be the head of a new Taliban interim government in Afghanistan, while other key positions would go to some of the group's top officials. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images)

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid during a press conference held in Kabul on 7 September in which he announced that Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund would be the head of a new Taliban interim government in Afghanistan, while other key positions would go to some of the group's top officials. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images)


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Washington to review export policies for Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Cyprus

by Charles Forrester

The US is ramping up export controls on Ethiopia and Eritrea in response to recent clashes between the two countries (Getty Images)

The US Department of State is preparing to add Ethiopia and Eritrea to its list of countries with a policy of denial for the transfer of military equipment under Section 126.1 of the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), while extending its waiver for Cyprus, Janes has learnt.

The updated policy toward Ethiopia and Eritrea came as a result of the recent conflict in the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia.


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DSEI 2021: UK Defence Secretary tries to calm rift with France over Australian submarine deal

by Tim Ripley

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has moved to calm a war of words with the French government over Australia's ditching of a deal to build conventionally powered submarines with French assistance in favour of nuclear-powered submarines based on UK and US technology.

The Australia - United Kingdom - United States (AUKUS) security partnership was announced by the leaders of the three countries' governments on 15 September. The radical shift in Australian submarine plans within it prompted the French Ministry of Armed Forces to call the decision “regrettable” and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drain to say he was angry at a “break in trust”.

Speaking to the media at the DSEI exhibition in London on 16 September, Wallace attributed the Australian decision to a changed requirement and said Anglo-French defence co-operation would continue.

“Australia wanted better capability to defend its interests,” said Wallace. “Australia joins the small club of operators of nuclear-propelled submarines. It gives them a strategic advantage. Australia wanted new capability.”


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UK PJHQ moves towards Multi-Domain Integration

by Tim Ripley

Operational commanders are reorganising how the UK Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) conducts overseas missions in the era of great-power competition.

Speaking at the DSEI exhibition in London on 15 September, UK Chief of Joint Operations (CJO) Vice Admiral Ben Key said overseas operational commanders would have more delegated authority to react quicker in fast-moving crises.

Vice Adm Key controls UK overseas operations from PJHQ at Northwood in West London and said the new Multi-Domain Integration (MDI) concept was driving other changes in how his operation does business. Under MDI, the UK armed forces plan to better combine air, land, maritime, cyber, and space capabilities to generate improved military effect.

The admiral cited the example of the recent transit of the UK's Carrier Strike Group 21 through the South China Sea earlier this summer, with work being carried out by PJHQ staff to calibrate its posture in the face of Chinese responses. “We asked ‘How do we generate cognitive effect but not in the traditional way of showing we have more ships that can go faster than theirs?'” he said.


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More than three weeks after taking control of Kabul, the Taliban announced on 7 September the format...

Taliban announce interim government in Afghanistan

by Gabriel Dominguez & Olivia Harper

More than three weeks after taking control of Kabul, the Taliban announced on 7 September the formation of an interim government in Afghanistan featuring some cabinet members that are on a UN sanctions list and an acting interior minister who is on the FBI's wanted list.

Heading the caretaker government as acting prime minister of the ‘Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan', which is how the country will once again be formally called, will be Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, one of the group's founding members, with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the Taliban's political office in Qatar, set to be one of his deputies alongside Maulvi Adul Salam Hanafi, according to an announcement by chief spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid during a press conference held in Kabul on 7 September in which he announced that Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund would be the head of a new Taliban interim government in Afghanistan, while other key positions would go to some of the group's top officials. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images)

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid during a press conference held in Kabul on 7 September in which he announced that Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund would be the head of a new Taliban interim government in Afghanistan, while other key positions would go to some of the group's top officials. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images)


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Washington to review export policies for Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Cyprus

by Charles Forrester

The US is ramping up export controls on Ethiopia and Eritrea in response to recent clashes between the two countries (Getty Images)

The US Department of State is preparing to add Ethiopia and Eritrea to its list of countries with a policy of denial for the transfer of military equipment under Section 126.1 of the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), while extending its waiver for Cyprus, Janes has learnt.

The updated policy toward Ethiopia and Eritrea came as a result of the recent conflict in the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia.


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DSEI 2021: UK Defence Secretary tries to calm rift with France over Australian submarine deal

by Tim Ripley

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has moved to calm a war of words with the French government over Australia's ditching of a deal to build conventionally powered submarines with French assistance in favour of nuclear-powered submarines based on UK and US technology.

The Australia - United Kingdom - United States (AUKUS) security partnership was announced by the leaders of the three countries' governments on 15 September. The radical shift in Australian submarine plans within it prompted the French Ministry of Armed Forces to call the decision “regrettable” and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drain to say he was angry at a “break in trust”.

Speaking to the media at the DSEI exhibition in London on 16 September, Wallace attributed the Australian decision to a changed requirement and said Anglo-French defence co-operation would continue.

“Australia wanted better capability to defend its interests,” said Wallace. “Australia joins the small club of operators of nuclear-propelled submarines. It gives them a strategic advantage. Australia wanted new capability.”


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UK PJHQ moves towards Multi-Domain Integration

by Tim Ripley

Operational commanders are reorganising how the UK Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) conducts overseas missions in the era of great-power competition.

Speaking at the DSEI exhibition in London on 15 September, UK Chief of Joint Operations (CJO) Vice Admiral Ben Key said overseas operational commanders would have more delegated authority to react quicker in fast-moving crises.

Vice Adm Key controls UK overseas operations from PJHQ at Northwood in West London and said the new Multi-Domain Integration (MDI) concept was driving other changes in how his operation does business. Under MDI, the UK armed forces plan to better combine air, land, maritime, cyber, and space capabilities to generate improved military effect.

The admiral cited the example of the recent transit of the UK's Carrier Strike Group 21 through the South China Sea earlier this summer, with work being carried out by PJHQ staff to calibrate its posture in the face of Chinese responses. “We asked ‘How do we generate cognitive effect but not in the traditional way of showing we have more ships that can go faster than theirs?'” he said.


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More than three weeks after taking control of Kabul, the Taliban announced on 7 September the format...

Taliban announce interim government in Afghanistan

by Gabriel Dominguez & Olivia Harper

More than three weeks after taking control of Kabul, the Taliban announced on 7 September the formation of an interim government in Afghanistan featuring some cabinet members that are on a UN sanctions list and an acting interior minister who is on the FBI's wanted list.

Heading the caretaker government as acting prime minister of the ‘Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan', which is how the country will once again be formally called, will be Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, one of the group's founding members, with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the Taliban's political office in Qatar, set to be one of his deputies alongside Maulvi Adul Salam Hanafi, according to an announcement by chief spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid during a press conference held in Kabul on 7 September in which he announced that Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund would be the head of a new Taliban interim government in Afghanistan, while other key positions would go to some of the group's top officials. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images)

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid during a press conference held in Kabul on 7 September in which he announced that Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund would be the head of a new Taliban interim government in Afghanistan, while other key positions would go to some of the group's top officials. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images)


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Washington to review export policies for Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Cyprus

by Charles Forrester

The US is ramping up export controls on Ethiopia and Eritrea in response to recent clashes between the two countries (Getty Images)

The US Department of State is preparing to add Ethiopia and Eritrea to its list of countries with a policy of denial for the transfer of military equipment under Section 126.1 of the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), while extending its waiver for Cyprus, Janes has learnt.

The updated policy toward Ethiopia and Eritrea came as a result of the recent conflict in the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia.


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DSEI 2021: UK Defence Secretary tries to calm rift with France over Australian submarine deal

by Tim Ripley

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has moved to calm a war of words with the French government over Australia's ditching of a deal to build conventionally powered submarines with French assistance in favour of nuclear-powered submarines based on UK and US technology.

The Australia - United Kingdom - United States (AUKUS) security partnership was announced by the leaders of the three countries' governments on 15 September. The radical shift in Australian submarine plans within it prompted the French Ministry of Armed Forces to call the decision “regrettable” and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drain to say he was angry at a “break in trust”.

Speaking to the media at the DSEI exhibition in London on 16 September, Wallace attributed the Australian decision to a changed requirement and said Anglo-French defence co-operation would continue.

“Australia wanted better capability to defend its interests,” said Wallace. “Australia joins the small club of operators of nuclear-propelled submarines. It gives them a strategic advantage. Australia wanted new capability.”


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UK PJHQ moves towards Multi-Domain Integration

by Tim Ripley

Operational commanders are reorganising how the UK Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) conducts overseas missions in the era of great-power competition.

Speaking at the DSEI exhibition in London on 15 September, UK Chief of Joint Operations (CJO) Vice Admiral Ben Key said overseas operational commanders would have more delegated authority to react quicker in fast-moving crises.

Vice Adm Key controls UK overseas operations from PJHQ at Northwood in West London and said the new Multi-Domain Integration (MDI) concept was driving other changes in how his operation does business. Under MDI, the UK armed forces plan to better combine air, land, maritime, cyber, and space capabilities to generate improved military effect.

The admiral cited the example of the recent transit of the UK's Carrier Strike Group 21 through the South China Sea earlier this summer, with work being carried out by PJHQ staff to calibrate its posture in the face of Chinese responses. “We asked ‘How do we generate cognitive effect but not in the traditional way of showing we have more ships that can go faster than theirs?'” he said.


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More than three weeks after taking control of Kabul, the Taliban announced on 7 September the format...

Taliban announce interim government in Afghanistan

by Gabriel Dominguez & Olivia Harper

More than three weeks after taking control of Kabul, the Taliban announced on 7 September the formation of an interim government in Afghanistan featuring some cabinet members that are on a UN sanctions list and an acting interior minister who is on the FBI's wanted list.

Heading the caretaker government as acting prime minister of the ‘Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan', which is how the country will once again be formally called, will be Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, one of the group's founding members, with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the Taliban's political office in Qatar, set to be one of his deputies alongside Maulvi Adul Salam Hanafi, according to an announcement by chief spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid during a press conference held in Kabul on 7 September in which he announced that Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund would be the head of a new Taliban interim government in Afghanistan, while other key positions would go to some of the group's top officials. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images)

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid during a press conference held in Kabul on 7 September in which he announced that Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund would be the head of a new Taliban interim government in Afghanistan, while other key positions would go to some of the group's top officials. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images)


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Washington to review export policies for Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Cyprus

by Charles Forrester

The US is ramping up export controls on Ethiopia and Eritrea in response to recent clashes between the two countries (Getty Images)

The US Department of State is preparing to add Ethiopia and Eritrea to its list of countries with a policy of denial for the transfer of military equipment under Section 126.1 of the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), while extending its waiver for Cyprus, Janes has learnt.

The updated policy toward Ethiopia and Eritrea came as a result of the recent conflict in the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia.


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DSEI 2021: UK Defence Secretary tries to calm rift with France over Australian submarine deal

by Tim Ripley

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has moved to calm a war of words with the French government over Australia's ditching of a deal to build conventionally powered submarines with French assistance in favour of nuclear-powered submarines based on UK and US technology.

The Australia - United Kingdom - United States (AUKUS) security partnership was announced by the leaders of the three countries' governments on 15 September. The radical shift in Australian submarine plans within it prompted the French Ministry of Armed Forces to call the decision “regrettable” and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drain to say he was angry at a “break in trust”.

Speaking to the media at the DSEI exhibition in London on 16 September, Wallace attributed the Australian decision to a changed requirement and said Anglo-French defence co-operation would continue.

“Australia wanted better capability to defend its interests,” said Wallace. “Australia joins the small club of operators of nuclear-propelled submarines. It gives them a strategic advantage. Australia wanted new capability.”


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UK PJHQ moves towards Multi-Domain Integration

by Tim Ripley

Operational commanders are reorganising how the UK Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) conducts overseas missions in the era of great-power competition.

Speaking at the DSEI exhibition in London on 15 September, UK Chief of Joint Operations (CJO) Vice Admiral Ben Key said overseas operational commanders would have more delegated authority to react quicker in fast-moving crises.

Vice Adm Key controls UK overseas operations from PJHQ at Northwood in West London and said the new Multi-Domain Integration (MDI) concept was driving other changes in how his operation does business. Under MDI, the UK armed forces plan to better combine air, land, maritime, cyber, and space capabilities to generate improved military effect.

The admiral cited the example of the recent transit of the UK's Carrier Strike Group 21 through the South China Sea earlier this summer, with work being carried out by PJHQ staff to calibrate its posture in the face of Chinese responses. “We asked ‘How do we generate cognitive effect but not in the traditional way of showing we have more ships that can go faster than theirs?'” he said.


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More than three weeks after taking control of Kabul, the Taliban announced on 7 September the format...

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