Operation Flintlock is an exercise held and led by an African host nation every year since 2005. It incorporates several actors in the security spectrum, such as military, law enforcement, justice, government, and civil society. Participants are from mainly North and West Africa Special Operations Forces (SOF), with participation by several western SOF as trainers. Flintlock is … [Read more...] about Flintlock 2019 gathers special operations forces from 34 nations to train in Burkina Faso
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The United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) denied that three U.S. soldiers were killed by an al-Shabaab mortar attack. AFRICOM accuses the extremist group of fabricating casualties of U.S. service members at the forward operating base (FOB) of Baledogle--also referred to as "B-dog"--on February 15, 2019. AFRICOM spokesman Christopher P. Karns told Xinhua News Agency, "No … [Read more...] about US Africa Command denies American casualties in latest al-Shabaab terrorist attack
Around the 5th of February, French Mirage 2000s carried out several airstrikes to stop a caravan of “rebels” on their approach to the capital of Chad, N’Djamena. The interdiction came after the Chadian government requested support from France in the neutralization of Union of Resistance Forces (URF). The URF convoy ostensibly left southern Libya—a fact disputed by security … [Read more...] about The devil you know: Is the French government overstepping with airstrikes in Chad?
In 2017, the U.S. Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment stationed in Europe received the first batch of the improved or up-gunned—in military parlance—Stryker Dragoon armored vehicles. Commanders on the ground requested them, as the 2nd needed to improve its capabilities against near-peer adversaries in theatre. In Europe, this likely would mean Russia. The term adversary is typically … [Read more...] about Cyber warfare: Did Russia hack the Army’s Stryker Dragoon armored vehicles?
Clement Vandenborre, chief of the counterintelligence directorate of Belgium’s General Information and Security Services (ADIV), was placed under house arrest on suspicions of destroying classified material. He has been temporarily relieved from his post until the conclusion of an internal investigation. This was first published by Belgium newspaper De Morgen, which cites … [Read more...] about Breaking: Belgian intelligence officials allegedly involved in espionage and destroying classified material
On the 10th of January, Portugal’s Armed Forces General Staff released a video of a five-hour-long battle between Portuguese paratroopers and the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) militia. The battle was instigated when Union for Peace in the Central African Republic (UPC) rebels killed two police officers and wounded another in Bambari, some 400 kilometers from the capital … [Read more...] about Watch: Portuguese paratroopers raid rebel stronghold in Central African Republic
Since the beginning of 2019, al-Shabaab has been active with several high-profile attacks, chief among them the DusitD2 attack. In January, three al-Shabaab members detonated a VBIED in front of the business complex and hotel in an affluent Nairobi neighborhood before entering the facility and killing over 20 people. In the first part of this video, a series of mid-day … [Read more...] about Breaking: al-Shabaab releases video of attacks in Somalia (warning: graphic content)
The Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was assassinated on December 19th, 2016 by Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş in Ankara. Scenes of the assassination are still fresh in most people’s memory as it was televised how Mevlüt shot the ambassador in the back and started circling the body, screaming in Arabic and Turkish. The next day, the Russian news agency Rosbalt published an … [Read more...] about Meet Zaslon, Russia’s ultra-secretive unit
The three men were arrested Monday afternoon for "conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, namely the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)," according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan. The men face a jail sentence of up to 20 years for the conspiracy charge. Muse Abdikadir Muse (Muse Muse) … [Read more...] about Breaking: FBI arrests three men in Michigan over links to ISIS
On Saturday the 19th of January, U.S. AFRICOM jets carried out airstrikes in Somalia, killing at least 52 al-Shabaab fighters. The strike occurred after more than 100 insurgents stormed and took control of parts of the Bar Sanguni military base near the Jilib district, Middle Juba region. According to U.S. military officials, no Americans were killed or wounded during the … [Read more...] about Breaking: AFRICOM airstrike wipes out 52 al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia (warning: graphic content)
A video recently released by the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS), the group responsible for the ambush on October 4th, shows U.S.-made weapons. The video is titled Punishments of Traitors and features brutal executions, accompanied by nasheeds (Islamic ballads). In the video, Abdelhakim al-Sahrawi, the Emir of Gourma for ISGS, can be seen slitting the throats of … [Read more...] about Analysis: Latest Islamic State propaganda video shows recovered weapons of Niger ambush?