Yearly Archives: 2017

Belarus Preps Angolan Aircraft to Depart

A review of satellite imagery shows some new developments at the 558th Aircraft Repair Plant in Baranovichi. Co-located at the 61st Fighter Airbase, the Belarusian-based Plant overhauled two former Indian Su-30K Flanker attack aircraft, imagery from August and September 2017 suggests. According to domestic sources, … Continue reading

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Aircraft Return to Syria’s Palmyra

Commercial satellite imagery has revealed that a flight of 8 Syrian Arab Air Force L-39ZO/ZA Albatros have deployed to Palmyra airbase, Homs Governorate. The aircraft arrived at the north parking apron of the airbase after runway maintenance was completed in late … Continue reading

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Mexico’s cartels continue turn to military, guerrilla tactics and training

by Bernd Debusmann Jr. Mexican drug trafficking organisations (DTOs) are continuing their trend of adopting military and terrorist training and tactics, allegedly with ties to (former) members of Colombia’s FARC guerrillas, experts warn. In July, Mexico’s Centre for Research and … Continue reading

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Kim Jong-un Looking at Things — one of the few information sources from North Korea

by Austin Michael Bodetti. He is an analyst and journalist specializing in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has a comedic email list about the Middle East that you can join here. It should surprise no one in 2017 that, politics notwithstanding, … Continue reading

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How the United States and Iraq tried, but failed, to disband the Kurdish Peshmerga

by Paul Iddon. Coming Monday, September 25, 2017, the Iraqi Kurds will hold a referendum on the independence of the Iraqi Kurdistan and the adjoining disputed territories (see also Patrick Truffer, “The Kurds in Iraq: Is Their Pursuit of Autonomy … Continue reading

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Operation Barkhane’s Secret to Success

by Paul Pryce. With degrees in political science from both sides of the pond, Paul Pryce has previously worked as Senior Research Fellow for the Atlantic Council of Canada’s Canadian Armed Forces program, as a Research Fellow for the OSCE … Continue reading

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Propeller planes instead of fighter jets? Rethinking by the US Air Force!

by Björn Müller (Facebook / Twitter; originally published in German). Björn is journalist in Berlin focusing on security policy and geopolitics. The military is increasingly focused on high-tech weapon systems. There are not only expensive, but also complex and very … Continue reading

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Indonesia’s Construction Activity in Palu Bay

Last year, local press reports revealed that the Indonesian Navy was speeding up the development of a submarine base located in Palu, Central Sulawesi. With Asia’s underwater arms race accelerating, we’ve been monitoring the base’s construction. Indonesia, like many of … Continue reading

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Colombian Counter-Narcotics

by Michael Martelle. Michael is a masters student studying Security Policy at the George Washington University’s Elliott School for International Affairs. International trends in the trade of coca and cocaine have generally been determined by shifts in demand and supply-side … Continue reading

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Assad and the Russians turned their noses up at Raqqa operation

by Paul Iddon. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian backer were extremely dismissive towards the United States-backed operation that is removing Islamic State (ISIS) from the group’s de-facto Syrian capital city Raqqa. At first, in last April he mocked … Continue reading

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