The Zaidi Shi’a in Yemen – Iran’s Next Objective to Reach the Horn of Africa?

Last week's suicide attack in Yemen, the first of its kind against Western tourists, demonstrated Al-Qaeda ever-present threat in this impoverished nation despite, sofar futile efforts to crush the terrorists. Yemeni officials have blamed the suicide bombing at an archaeological site in the eastern province of Marib which killed seven Spanish tourists and two locals, on Osama bin Laden's...

Fighting Piracy in Africa – too little too late

The US must increase its intelligence- gathering capacity in Africa 15-fold in the short term to counter the threat posed by regional Islamic extremist groups and maritime piracy, particularly in the Gulf of Guinea, according to a top US general. I-HLS Reports US Army Gen. David Rodriguez paid his first visit to the continent as head of US Africa Command...

Africom Repositioning Forces in Eastern Africa

The U.S. Africa Command (Africom) is repositioning forces in East Africa in an effort to attain maximum flexibility to respond to State Department requests, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said. Based on the current situation in South Sudan, Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez, the commander of Africom, moved elements from the Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response...

Al-Shabaab VBIED Attack on Mogadishu Hotel Kills 13

A suicide attacker drove a vehicle loaded with explosives into the gate of the Jazeera Palace Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, earlier today, killing 13 people. The car bomb exploded at the hotel's main gate. The bomb destroyed part of the hotel and caused damage to nearby structures.

BAE Systems Unveils an RG-35 Optimized for Canada’s TAPV Requirements

BAE Systems has unveiled the RG-35 RPU, promoted for the Canadian Tactical Armored Patrol Vehicle (TAP-V) program. The RPU is designed to offer very high survivability for the crew and be adapted for patrols and recconnaissance or tactical utility transport.

Misguided Restraint Against Somali Pirates Will Only Escalate Attacks

The misguided policy of restraint against the ever growing threat from pirates, roaming the high seas off the Somali coastline is becoming dangerously close to total surrender. There is little doubt left, that Islamic terror leaders will sooner or later exploit this signal of weakness and start substantial maritime terror all over the Globe, eventually bringing strategic shipping lanes...

Singapore Defence Minister Calls for Integrative and Collaborative Deterrence Against Piracy

"The piracy situation in the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia is a clear illustration of how insecurity in one part of the world has global ramifications" said Teo Chee Hean, Singapore Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence. "It demonstrates again that contemporary security challenges can no longer be solved by a single country or a small exclusive...

Lawless Southern Libya Turns into a Haven for al-Qaeda

Libyan war planes attacked targets in south-central area of Libya on Saturday (January 18, 2014) after gunmen stormed and seized the Tamahind air force base outside Sabha, 770 km (480 miles) south of the capital Tripoli. At least 15 people have been killed in clashes between two tribes in Libya's south, between al-Tabw tribe and the Awlad Soliman tribe....

Updated: Pentagon Tests U.S., Foreign Active Protection Systems in Search for a Mature Solution Against RPGs

The U.S. Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) is testing seven Active protection Systems, mostly from international vendors, to determine the maturity and potential of such systems, protecting U.S. forces against Rocket Propelled Grenades and other Anti-Armor weapons. The Active Protection Systems Live Fire Test and Evaluation effort, which was mandated by Congress in 2008 provides U.S. with comparative...

Ethiopia Orders 200 Upgraded T-72s from Ukraine

Ethiopia has ordered more than 200 T-72 upgraded tanks from Ukraine, in a deal worth over US$100 million. State controlled arms exporter Ukrspecexport SC has signed the contract yesterday with the Defense Ministry of Ethiopia.

“Red Light” in Western Africa – The rising Terror in Africa Risks Energy Infrastructures and Threatens Economy

Western companies active in the raw materials and energy fields operating from Mauritania to Chad, Algeria and Nigeria, are all exposed to growing terror threats south of the Sahara, even in countries previously considered safe for operations. Dangers are not limited only to the lawless Sahara area, but are expanding to the west and central of the Africa. The increase...

UN Drone Crashed in Congo

An unmanned aircraft used by U.N. peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo was damaged yesterday while landing at the airport near the eastern town of Goma. The incident occurred as the Falco drone was returning from a mission, and no casualties were reported, said Lt. Col. Felix Prosper Basse, a military spokesman for the country’s peacekeeping mission. The United...

Holy War Inflames Strategic Horn of Africa

The conflict between Somalia's transitional government and Islamic militants has escalated dangerously, as Islamist leaders threaten Jihad "holy war" against advancing government troops spearheaded by allied Ethiopian forces approaching Mogadishu, held since last June by Somalia Islamic Courts Council (SICC), also named Islamic Courts Union (ICU) alliance. The ICU seized the capital from U.S.-backed warlords, also taking control of...

Four of 2016’s Ten Risk Hot Spots in Middle East, IHS Says

Four Middle Eastern conflicts are staring among the top 10 'hot spots' - the 'Top Risk Environments Report determines. The report, produced by IHS Country Risk, explores 10 of the major risk environments of 2016, with their likely impact and key indicators for change. “Four of the 10 risk hot spots for 2016 are in the Middle East,” said Keerti Rajan,...