• Unidentified militants agree to reconcile with Russian military forces in Syria's Quneitra

    In Jabata al-Khashab, Quneitra governorate, unidentified militants agreed to 'reconcile' with local Russian Forces.

  • Additional US legislation banning further F-35 deliveries to Turkey advances

    Key Points Another US bill banning further F-35 deliveries to Turkey advanced There are a handful of bills banning deliveries over concerns Turkey may buy the Russian S-400 Additional US legislation banning further Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) deliveries to Turkey

  • Roketsan begins serial production of OMTAS ATGM

    Roketsan has finalised development of a new 160mm-calibre manportable/vehicle-mounted medium-range anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) weapon system for the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF). The new missile – designated OMTAS – is intended in the first instance to meet a Turkish Land Forces

  • Anarchists set fire to lorry in Germany's Berlin

    A LORRY belonging to Deutsche Bahn Schenker was set on fire by anarchists in Wedding district in Berlin in Germany on 8 August, BZ Berlin reported. In a statement released on 325-No State on 17 August, Autonome Gruppen claimed responsibility for the attack, stating that it was in response to

  • Pro-Iran Iraqi coalition government would mean minimal implementation of US sanctions, while improving KRG salary and contract payments

    Key Points The anti-Iran alliance of Abadi, Sadr, Hakim, and Allawi faces fragmentation and internal revolt, including challenges to assembling the 165 seats required for a ruling majority in parliament. Iran is pushing for a national unity government in Iraq including all Shia factions (including

  • US tanker refuels Iraqi F-16s for Syria strike

    The Iraqi Air Force (IqAF) released a video on 21 August showing what it said were its F-16 fighters being refuelled by a US-led coalition tanker during a strike mission against Islamic State targets in Syria a week earlier. The footage showed an unarmed IqAF F-16D linking up with the

  • Islamic State provide purported names of militants following attacks in Russia's North Caucasus

    IN A STATEMENT released via Telegram on 21 August, the Islamic State provided the purported names of the militants involved in a series of attacks in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Chechnya on 20 August, adding further credence to the group's earlier claim of responsibility, BBC Monitoring

  • Landmine attack wounds two people in Somalia's Shabeellaha Hoose

    MEDIA reports on 21 August, citing local sources, stated that two people, including a soldier, had been killed and two people had been wounded when a landmine, emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated targeting their vehicle near Lafoole University in Afgooye district in Somalia's Shabeellaha

  • Morocco reinstating conscription

    Morocco’s Ministerial Council approved a draft law re-introducing compulsory military service on 20 August. The Ministry of Culture and Communication said Draft Law 44.18 stipulates that citizens aged between 19 and 25 will have to serve for 12 months unless they are exempted for physical or

  • Security forces kill a would-be suicide bomber in Iraq's Salah al Din

    Near Samarra, Salah al-Din province, the Iraqi Security Forces killed a would-be suicide bomber and three other militants during a counter-terrorism operation.

  • Jordanian pilot killed in US

    A Jordanian and a US pilot were killed when their helicopter crashed during a training mission in Texas on 22 August, the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) said in a statement. “A joint US-JAF investigative committee has been established to find the reasons behind the crash,” it said. It

  • Saudi Patriot PAC-3 capability confirmed

    The Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces (RSADF) have deployed a Patriot battery with new Lockheed Martin PAC-3 missiles to Mecca, a photograph posted on social media has confirmed. Published by the unofficial Saudi Armed Forces News Twitter account on 20 August, the photograph is the first to be

  • Tulpar light tank completes initial trials, awaits first contract

    Otokar has completed initial firing and mobility trials of its latest Tulpar light tank, which has been developed to meet potential requirements of at least two export customers. This system mates the Otokar Tulpar tracked armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) with the Belgian CMI Defence Cockerill 3105

  • US, Turkey continuing F-35 collaboration

    Despite the US government bringing into effect a law that suspends deliveries of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to Turkey, the programme office for the aircraft’s acquisition has claimed that it will continue to honour the project’s existing plans. The F-35

  • Varley Rafael Australia joint venture to supply Spike LR2 missiles for Australia’s Boxer armoured vehicles

    A new joint venture (JV) between Australia’s Varley Group and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems will supply Spike LR2 anti-tank guided weapons (ATGWs) for integration onto the Rheinmetall Boxer 8×8 armoured vehicle, 211 units of which are on order for the Australian Army (AA)

  • Knife-attack wounds two police officer's in Russia's North Caucasus

    TWO police officers were wounded when two teenage militants conducted a knife-attack as they attempted to enter a police station in Shali in Shalinsky district in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Chechnya on 20 August, BBC News and Reuters reported. Two of the attackers were shot dead by police

  • Leonardo confirms Qatari NH90 order

    Leonardo announced on 20 August that the contract to supply Qatar with 28 NH90 helicopters had been “made effective” after it received an initial payment. Qatar first announced the order during the DIMDEX show held in Doha in March 2014, saying it covered 12 tactical transport (TTH) and

  • US-Turkey diplomatic crisis entails elevated shooting and vandalism risks to US diplomatic offices and identifiable retail assets

    Event A drive-by shooting attack took place at the US embassy in Ankara during the early morning hours of 20 August, with three 9-mm pistol rounds fired at the embassy’s entrance from a moving vehicle. The shots caused only minor damage to the embassy’s security booth, while no

  • Tunisian Navy receives third Damen OPV

    The Tunisian Navy has received the third of four new Damen-built Multi Service Offshore Patrol Vessel 1400 (MSOPV 1400) series offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). Hannon (P 612) set sail from Galati in Romania on 11 August, according to AIS data, and arrived in Tunisia one week later on 17 August.

  • Israel ceasefire with Hamas reduces likelihood of war, but a lasting peace settlement for Gaza is unlikely

    Key Points The latest ceasefire is likely to hold for at least several weeks unless a more extensive agreement can be agreed between Hamas and Israel. Acceptance by the Palestinian Authority (PA) is unlikely as President Mahmoud Abbas rejects any ceasefire that serves to treat Hamas as an