• Update: US destroyer seizes arms shipment in Gulf of Aden

    The arms shipment that the destroyer USS Jason Dunham found on a skiff in the Gulf of Aden on 28 August consisted of 2,521 AK-47 rifles, the US 5th Fleet said on 6 September. The 5th Fleet first reported the seizures on 30 August, when it said Jason Dunham located a dhow transferring covered

  • Russia deploys tanker aircraft to Syria

    Russia has deployed Iluyshin Il-78 ‘Midas’ air-to-air refuelling aircraft to its airbase in Syria to support its ongoing naval exercise in the Mediterranean. At least two – possibly four – Il-78s were seen at Humaymim Air Base in Syria’s Latakia province in footage

  • Iran establishing ballistic missile capability in Iraq likely to trigger Israeli airstrikes in Karbala and Baghdad provinces

    Event Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman stated on 3 September that Israel is monitoring “Iranian threats” beyond Syria. This is likely to be in reaction to reports that Iran has supplied ballistic missiles to Shia militias in Iraq. According to Reuters on 31 August, Iran has

  • Likely sovereignty dispute resolution with Eritrea reduces war risks but undermines Djibouti’s capacity to deleverage infrastructure-related debts

    Key Points Successful UN mediation in the sovereignty dispute would reduce interstate war risks between Djibouti and Eritrea, despite the presence of domestic spoilers. Temporary escalation to violent conflict between Djibouti and Eritrea to intimidate and posture is unlikely during the mediation

  • OTT Technologies expands M36 MRAP vehicle family

    South African company OTT Technologies has expanded its range of mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) 4×4 vehicles by introducing a latest-generation Puma M36 Mk 6C-2 with independent suspension, and a Puma M36 Mk 6C with a German Mercedes-Benz Zetros drive line. These MRAPs are to be shown

  • Bundeswehr outsources airlift to Africa

    The Bundeswehr announced on 31 August that its latest rotation of troops to and from Mali was airlifted using chartered transport aircraft the day before. Under a framework agreement with the Bundeswehr, logistics company Kühne+Nagel is conducting weekly flights between Cologne and Bamako,

  • Spain halts bomb sale to Saudi Arabia

    Spain has frozen the sale of 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed on 4 September. The Spanish radio station Cadena Ser first reported the decision, saying it was taken because the bombs could have been used in Yemen, where civilians have been killed in

  • Arquus trials unmanned 4×4 Dagger

    French company Arquus has developed an unmanned version of its 4×4 Dagger light protected vehicle (LPV) using internal research and development funding. The vehicle was demonstrated at the Mouvement des Entreprises de France (MEDEF) Summer Seminar, which took place at the HEC Business School

  • IED attack kills three civilians in Iraq's Salah al-Din

    THREE civilians were killed and two others wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated in the al-Fatha area of Baiji district in Iraq's Salah al-Din province on 2 September, Iraqi News reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the

  • Security forces kill five unidentified militants in Egypt's Sohag

    FIVE unidentified militants were killed by security forces during a counter-terrorism raid in an unspecified mountainous area in Egypt's Sohag governorate on 27 August, BBC Monitoring reported. Security forces opened fire at the militants, who responded, and killed all five of them. The authorities

  • SVBIED attack kills at least six people in Somalia's Mogadishu

    AT LEAST six people were killed and 14 others, including six children, were wounded when a militant detonated a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) targeting a local government office in Hawlwadag district in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on 2 September, Reuters reported.

  • VBIED attack kills two people in Syria's Aleppo

    ACCORDING to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, two people were killed and 25 others were wounded when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated in the town of Azaz in Syria's Aleppo governorate on 1 September, SOHR

  • Baghdad ‘surprised’ by reported Iranian ballistic missile transfer

    Iraq’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has responded to a Reuters story claiming that Iran has supplied ballistic missiles to Iraqi Shia militias by releasing a brief statement that did not directly deny the claim. The ministry said on 2 September that it was “surprised” by the

  • Saudi-led coalition admits mistakes in bus bombing

    The Saudi-led coalition’s Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) has concluded that “mistakes in compliance to the rules of engagement” were made when an airstrike was carried out on 9 August, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on 1 September. The SPA did not provide

  • Security forces kill three Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyya militants in Nigeria's Borno

    THREE Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyya militants were killed by security forces during a counter-terrorism operation in the village of Kalamari in Nigeria's Borno state on 27 August, Leadership reported. The militants were engaged in looting and extortion in the village when the security forces received word

  • Denel targets company reform

    Denel’s acting Group CEO, Michael Kgobe, has told a South African parliamentary committee that the company is taking major steps to rebuild itself in the wake of a major liquidity crisis. Addressing the South African Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on 29 August,

  • Aeronautics executives facing export control violation charges

    Israeli unmanned systems manufacturer Aeronautics announced on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange on 29 August that key personnel from the company had been summoned to the State Attorney’s Office for a hearing on potential export control violations related to the company’s Orbiter 1K loitering

  • IED attack kills five soldiers in Kenya's Lamu

    FIVE soldiers were killed and 10 others wounded when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED), that had been emplaced by unidentified militants, which detonated on the Kiunga and Sankuri Road in Kenya's Lamu county on 29 August, Capital FM reported. The soldiers were engaged in a

  • Islamic State SVBIED attack kills at least 11 people in Iraq's Anbar

    AT LEAST 11 people - including five security forces personnel - were killed and 16 others wounded when an Islamic State suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) detonated at a checkpoint in the town of Al-Qaim in Iraq's Anbar province on 29 August, AFP and Reuters reported. The

  • Rafael unveils Spike ER2

    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has disclosed development of a new, fifth-generation, enhanced stand-off evolution of its 170 mm Spike-ER multipurpose precision-guided missile system, designated Spike ER2. The baseline Spike ER round is effectively a scale-up of the legacy 4 km-range Spike LR, with