• Court orders UK to review Saudi arms exports approvals

    The UK’s Court of Appeal has ruled that the UK failed to carry out the full extent of its legal obligations in the granting of licences to export military equipment to Saudi Arabia. In a judgement released on 20 June the court overturned a decision made in 2017 by the country’s High

  • Iran downs Global Hawk as US struggles to rally international support

    In a further escalation of tensions in the Gulf, the Iranian military shot down a US RQ-4A Global Hawk high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 20 June. The US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) said the US Navy RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator (BAMS-D) aircraft was

  • Security alerts 21–28 June

    Americas Dominican Republic WATCH FOR: Demonstrations outside the Supreme Court in Santo Domingo on 21 June during a vote on Odebrecht investigations Risk analysis: The anti-corruption movement in the Dominican Republic, Green March (Marcha Verde), called for a vigil and protests on 21 June in

  • US blames tanker attacks in Gulf of Oman on Iran

    US officials claimed on 13 June that they had identified Iran as the culprit of the 12 June attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman as analysts and experts on the region warned of potential military escalation due to increasing tension in the region, although they did not provide supporting

  • UAE says ‘state actor’ likely bombed tankers

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has said that a state actor was most likely responsible for bombing four tankers anchored off Al-Fujairah on 12 May but did not directly accuse Iran, as senior US officials have done. The UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Norway – the flag states of the four tankers that

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  • Israel says Iran continues ballistic missile launches

    Iran launched a Khorramshahr medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) in December 2018, the Israeli representative to the UN told the Security Council in a letter released on 5 June. Danny Danon said there had been seven Iranian ballistic missile launches between December 2018 and February 2019,