• Covid-19: European countries withdraw from Iraq

    European countries have announced the temporary withdrawal of their troops from the anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition and NATO Training Mission (NMI) in Iraq. The withdrawals follow an announcement by Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) on 20 March that it had ceased

  • Islamic State claims attack on town in northern Mozambique

    The Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) claimed responsibility for a raid that overran security forces in Mocímboa da Praia in northern Mozambique, highlighting the growing strength of the Islamist insurgency in the north of the country. Mocímboa da Praia is a coastal town about

  • Raid on suspected DHKP-C cell in Athens finds high-powered firearms, indicates group's intent to continue attacks in Turkey

    Key Points The Greek counter-terrorism service raided two locations in the capital Athens on 19 March, detaining 26 suspected members of the Turkish Marxist-Leninist Devrimci Halk Kurtulus Partisi-Cephesi (DHKP-C) militant group. The raid was the largest targeting the group recorded outside

  • Ansar Allah actions undermine high-risk impact of Covid-19 in Yemen

    Key Points The global Covid-19 pandemic poses a high risk to Yemen, even if cases still need to be confirmed. Although rhetorically politicising information on the outbreak, operationally Ansar Allah is using the pandemic as a cover to impose new measures of control. Meanwhile, instead of taking

  • British Army completes training of first Somali battalion

    The first Somali National Army (SNA) battalion to be trained by the British Army gradated on 18 March. “Over 400 SNA soldiers have been trained over 12 months forming the first battalion,” the UK Embassy in Somalia announced the following day. “At the graduation ceremony the UK

  • Covid-19: Ansar Allah actions underplay high-risk impact of coronavirus in Yemen

    Key Points The global Covid-19 pandemic poses a high risk to Yemen, even if cases still need to be confirmed. Although rhetorically politicising information on the outbreak, operationally Ansar Allah is using the pandemic as a cover to impose new measures of control. Meanwhile, instead of taking

  • Saudi Arabia identifies tanker attacked in Gulf of Aden

    Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United Nations has identified the tanker that was attacked with a remotely controlled boat carrying explosives in the Gulf of Aden on 3 March as Gladiolus (IMO: 9169548), a Saudi-flagged vessel. At the time, Colonel Turki al-Maliki, the spokesman for the

  • US reportedly to deploy Patriot to protect Ayn al-Asad in Iraq

    The US military intends to establish a new base for a Patriot air-defence system near Ayn al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq, Al-Ahad News cited a security source in Al-Anbar province as saying on 23 March. The source said the new base would be at Umm Samij, north of Al-Baghdadi, a town on the

  • Covid-19: RAF Red Arrows cancel overseas training, air displays to be reviewed

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Red Arrows aerobatic display team has cancelled its annual oversea training deployment due to the coronavirus, and will review its air display commitments for the 2020 season. The decision, announced by the RAF on 24 March, will see the BAE Systems Hawk T1-based display

  • Turkish army receives six Kaplan weapon carriers

    The Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC) received six Kaplan tracked anti-tank vehicles from FNSS, marking the beginning of the serial production phase of the Weapon Carrier Vehicle (STA) programme, Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) tweeted on 23 March. The first two Kaplan

  • UAE’s new Rabdan IFV participates in Exercise ‘Native Fury’

    The first images of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces’ new Rabdan 8×8 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) participating in a military exercise were released by the country’s WAM news agency on 18 March. A photograph and associated video showed the vehicle crossing the canal

  • Covid-19 infection impacts Hizbullah’s domestic reputation and regional operations

    Key Points Various sources, including within Hizbullah’s military wing, have reported to Jane’s that the group’s hospitals in Beirut are overwhelmed by members infected with Covid-19. The virus has reportedly been spread extensively by fighters and leadership figures returning

  • Nigerian Air Force upgrades Alpha Jet avionics

    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) revealed the installation of new avionics in an Alpha Jet it has reactivated when the aircraft (NAF 455) was recommissioned by the 407 Air Combat Training Group at Kainji Air Base on 21 March. “The avionics upgrade, which is the first of its kind on the Alpha Jet,

  • Covid-19: ADF to temporarily relocate non-essential personnel from Iraq, Afghanistan

    The Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra announced on 23 March that the Australian Defence Force (ADF) will temporarily relocate non-essential personnel from Iraq and Afghanistan over concerns about the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. In a statement issued that same day Minister for Defence Linda

  • Covid-19: US-led coalition ceases training Iraqi forces

    US-led coalition troops have ceased training Iraqi security forces (ISF) in a bid to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) and coalition trainers have started temporarily returning to their home countries. The bulk of the troops remaining in Iraq will be concentrating on protecting the

  • India signs USD2.1 billion deal with TAIS for fleet support ships

    India’s state-owned Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) and TAIS, a consortium of five Turkish shipbuilders, have signed an INR160 billion (USD2.1 billion) deal to jointly design and build five 45,000-tonne fleet support vessels for the Indian Navy (IN). A Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson

  • India signs USD117.8 million deal with IWI for LMGs

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed an INR8.8 billion (USD117.8 million) contract with Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) on 19 March for 16,749 Negev NG-7 7.62×51 mm light machine guns (LMGs) for the Indian Army (IA). “The provisioning of this operationally urgent and critically

  • Royal Danish Army buys Weibel muzzle velocity radar for mortars

    The Royal Danish Army is now installing Weibel Scientific’s MVR-700 – a muzzle velocity radar (MVR) – on its recently acquired Elbit Systems/ESL Cardom 10 120 mm muzzle-loaded smoothbore mortars, which arm the service’s Piranha 5 8x8 vehicles. A total of 12 Cardom 10s have

  • Pompeo says Russia killed Turks as Idlib ceasefire holds

    Key Points The US secretary of state has blamed Russia for killing Turkish soldiers in Syria The Idlib ceasefire agreement is being largely observed, although another two Turks were killed on 19 March US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused Russia of killing dozens of Turkish soldiers in

  • Omani border unit converted into mechanised infantry

    The Royal Army of Oman (RAO) held a ceremony on 18 March to mark the conversion of the Frontier Force of the 11th Infantry Brigade into a mechanised infantry unit, the Ministry of Defence announced on the same day. The ceremony was held at Thumarit Camp, which is next to Thumarit Air Base in the