This is the first part of a multi-part series exploring the various units within the U.K. Special Forces (UKSF). The Special Air Service (SAS) is widely recognized the world over and is often erroneously considered the only special operations unit Britain has. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In this series, we'll cover the entire UKSF spectrum. 18 (UKSF) … [Read more...] about UK Special Forces breakdown: 18 (UKSF) Signals Regiment
Fears continue to mount in eastern Ukraine as the country nears all-out war with Russia. Reports show that Russia has prepared a large strike force on the border of Ukraine. Some would claim this is a frozen war, as all attempts at resolving the conflict with diplomacy have failed. Since the start of this year, Europe and the U.S. have paid close attention to the war in … [Read more...] about Operation Sickle and Hammer: Ukraine prepares to take back Donbass from Russia
Recent reports have indicated the Russian private military firm Wagner Group has reinforced Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) with 300 personnel in Libya. The report also suggests the mercenary group has delivered artillery, tanks, drones, and ammunition to the LNA. What is the Wagner Group? Wagner Group is an unregistered Russian paramilitary company that is … [Read more...] about The art of plausible deniability: Russian mercenaries supporting Libyan National Army
The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) has replaced its commander and chief, Abu Musab al-Barnawi, naming Abu Abdullah Ibn Umar al-Barnawi as the new region commander. The former commander’s father was none other than Muhammad Yusuf, the founder of Boko Haram. It raises the question: has the Islamic State just killed al-Barnawi? Mamman Nur and al-Barnawi created … [Read more...] about Did the Islamic State just kill one of its own leaders?
The booby-trapped body of a man captured and killed by jihadists last week exploded when relatives tried to bury it, killing 17 individuals and injuring many others. It’s thought the citizen went to find grass for his cattle in a forest outside of Diankabou in Koro, located in the Mopti region of Mali. He never returned. Youssouf Aya, a national assembly representative for … [Read more...] about Analysis: Booby-trapped corpse in Mali kills 17, injures others
The Koulikoro Training Center (KTC), part of the European Union Training Mission (EUTM) in Mali, came under assault late last month from unknown gunmen and was rocked by a pair of suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (SVBIEDs). Jama’a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin (JNIM) has claimed responsibility for the attack and released images of their “heroes” along with a … [Read more...] about European Union training center attacked in Mali, responsible terror group may still be losing ground
Abu Iyadh al-Tunisi, a senior al-Qaeda member and the architect of the Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia, has been killed in an operation by French forces, according to Menastream. The operation took place in El Aklé, nearly 186 miles northwest of Timbuktu, Mali, on the border with Mauritania. Abu Iyadh, an Afghanistan veteran, founded Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia … [Read more...] about Founder of Islamic terror group Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia killed in northern Mali
Current Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari was re-elected last week. “Buhari, of the ruling All Progressives Congress party, secured 56 percent, or 15.2 million votes, in the February 23rd polls," said Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as reported by TWNews24. This means Buhari, 76, gets a second four-year term as leader of … [Read more...] about What does the re-election of president Muhammadu Buhari mean for issue of Nigerian terrorism and security?
Amadou Koufa, the senior member of the Jama’a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin (JNIM), is alive—despite French forces claiming to have killed him. The top militant commander purportedly died in a November 2018 raid led by French forces in the central Mopti region. French media shared the story that Koufa appeared "in a 19-minute-long video, answering questions presented by two … [Read more...] about Breaking: French forces suffer a loss in Mali, terror group leader still alive in spite of claims that he was dead!
The European Union Training Mission (EUTM) in Mali has come under assault, attacked by gunmen and rocked by a pair of suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (SVBIEDs). The unknown attackers struck the Koulikoro Training Centre (KTC) on February 24 at about three o’clock in the morning. The assault involved two vehicles, packed with explosives, and some armed men … [Read more...] about European Union Training Mission in Mali attacked by unknown gunmen and suicide vehicles
On February 24th, United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) carried out airstrikes near Beledweyne, Somalia, wiping out at least 32 al-Shabaab fighters. The airstrikes targeted the Islamist fighters as they traveled between locations in a rural area of the Hiran region. The U.S. regularly utilizes airstrikes in Somalia as a means to support the fragile Somali government, which has … [Read more...] about United States Africa Command airstrikes decimate 32 al-Shabaab terrorist fighters in Somalia
On the February 20, 2019, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addressed the U.N. General Assembly in New York to make a statement about the occupation of the Donbass region by Russia. He warned there is a buildup of Russian personnel and equipment on its borders, which he believes to be an offensive strike group under direct orders from the Kremlin to prepare for an assault on … [Read more...] about Ukrainian President Poroshenko addresses United Nations, suggests possible solution to Ukrainian conflict with Russia