• Failed suicide bombing indicates jihadist threat to Egypt’s Copt minority and relative success of security operations on ‘mainland’

    Event On 11 August 2018 a lone bomber detonated his improvised explosive device (IED) belt in the Mostorod district of Shubra El Kheima in Qalyubiyah governorate, 11.5 km north of the capital, Cairo. Egyptian state media claimed that the target was Coptic Christians worshipping in the Virgin Mary

  • IED attack kills three people in Kenya's Mandera

    THREEpeople were killed and one other was wounded when an improvised explosivedevice (IED), emplaced on a roadside by suspected Harakat al-Shabaabal-Mujahideen militants, detonated targeting a team clearing a road near thetown of Mandera in Kenya's Mandera county on 13 August, Daily Nation

  • Suicide attack targets Coptic church in Egypt's Qalyubuyah

    A SUICIDE bomber detonated their explosives 250 metres from a Coptic Christian church in Egypt's Qalyubiyah governorate on 11 August, killing only the attacker, Reuters and MENA reported. Reports added that security forces around the church hindered the attack, prompting the bomber to detonate their

  • UK signs for Drone Dome C-UAS system

    The United Kingdom has procured the Israeli-developed Drone Dome counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS), manufacturer Rafael confirmed to Jane’s on 13 August. The selection of the Drone Dome comes eight months after it was demonstrated to the UK government in January. According to Rafael,

  • Unidentified militant shelling kills three civilians in Syria's Aleppo

    THREE civilians were killed and six others were wounded when unidentified militants shelled the Zahraa district in New Aleppo neighbourhood in the city of Aleppo in Syria's Aleppo governorate on 2 August with mortars, Syria TV and SANA reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the

  • Qatar on track to receive Apaches from 2019

    Qatar is on track to receive its recently ordered Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters from 2019 through to mid-2020. The Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) project officer said on 13 August that the first batch of 24 helicopters ordered in 2016 will be received before the end of next year.

  • Saudi takes command of CTF 150 for the first time

    A Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) officer has assumed command of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150) for the first time, the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) announced on 9 August. Commodore Al-Shahrani officially took over from the UK Royal Navy’s Commodore Stephen Moorhouse during a ceremony at

  • Successful attack demonstrates militant intent to target Jordan’s security forces and Christians, likely improved IED capabilities

    Event Unidentified attackers placed an improvised explosive device (IED) under a security forces’ vehicle guarding a music festival in Jordan’s predominantly Christian neighbourhood of Fuheis, Balqa governorate, on 10 August. One police officer was killed and six injured when the IED

  • Opposition's court challenge to presidential electoral result likely to increase localised protests in Zimbabwe's Harare and Bulawayo

    Event The inauguration of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front's (ZANU–PF) Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was declared the winner of the election with 50.8% of the vote, has been postponed pending a court decision. The court has 14 days to deliberate and a decision is

  • Security forces arrest suspected Islamic State militant in Georgia

    Following the dissemination of a video by the Islamic State claiming the desire to take revenge for the deaths of the group's members during raids in 2017, counter-terrorism officers arrested an alleged member of the militant group - identified only as Malkhaz T - in an unspecified location. During

  • Croatia negotiates F-16 deal with Israel as counterweight to Serbian MiG-29s

    The Croatian Ministry of Defence (MoD) invited the Israeli Air Force (IAF) to visit Croatia on 2-5 August as it negotiated the purchase of F-16 combat aircraft from Israel. The potential deal reflected Croatia’s growing sign of support and friendship with Israel, with the arrival of three

  • Rafael makes bid for Aeronautics

    Israeli defence company Rafael has made a bid for unmanned systems developer Aeronautics, it has been revealed. In a disclosure to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) on 9 August, Aeronautics said it had received an offer valuing the company at ILS430 million (USD116.6 million) from Rafael and

  • Saudi tankers resume Bab al-Mandab transits

    Saudi tankers are again moving through the Bab al-Mandab strait into the Red Sea after a 10-day suspension of transits, IHS Markit maritime data has confirmed. Saudi Arabia announced that it was temporarily suspending oil shipments through the strait on 25 July after two tankers were attacked by

  • Turkey likely to withdraw from jihadist-held areas around Idlib to enable Syrian government offensive

    Key Points IHS Markit data indicates that non-state armed groups that we have classified as ‘jihadist opposition’ have been contained by Turkey and its proxies in a pocket of control around Idlib. Turkey is likely to yield to pressure from Russia, which effectively controls airspace

  • Turkey orders stand-off jammers

    The Turkish Defence Industry Directorate (SSB) signed a contract with Aselsan on 9 August for the local development of the HavaSOJ airborne stand-off jammer electronic support/electronic warfare system for the Turkish Air Force Command (TAFC). The contract covers the development and production of

  • Italy donates 12 patrol boats to Libya

    The Italian Parliament approved the transfer of 12 patrol boats to Libya on 7 August. The vessels will be operated by the Libyan Coast Guard and the Ministry of Interior, and are intended to support efforts to stem the flow of illegal migrants through the Mediterranean. The boats are being donated

  • “Dauphin” announcement likely manoeuvre to keep incumbent DRC president dominant, but successor would probably consolidate power

    Key Points President Kabila likely intends to use the announcement of Ramazani Shadary’s candidacy to retain power, either as a disguise for his own upcoming presidential candidacy or de facto through parallel channels while out of office. However, the ascension of Ramazani Shadary to the

  • CENTCOM sees message in Iranian naval exercise

    Iran was trying to send a message when it held a naval exercise as the United States reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic, according to General Joseph Votel, the commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM). CENTCOM noted apparent preparations for the exercise on 1 August, when it stated it was

  • Turkey invests in defence projects

    A meeting of the executive committee of Turkey’s defence procurement agency, chaired by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on 7 August approved projects worth TRY13.5 billion (USD2.55 billion). These included projects to increase the capabilities of attack helicopters, provide new

  • Israel makes progress on Gaza maritime barrier

    The Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) released the first images of the coastal defense barrier that it is constructing in the sea on the country’s maritime border with the Gaza Strip on 5 August. “We are working full steam to complete the work on the naval barrier, which is expected to