Having worked as a trainer and adviser to the Ukrainian military since 2015, I have seen over the years a noticeable difference in the training, equipment, and the general modernization of the Ukrainian military. Today Ukraine seeks to further enhance its military capabilities by sending its special forces to the Israel Military Industries Academy for Advanced Security and … [Read more...] about Israeli Special Forces to teach Ukrainian Special Forces how to combat Russia
Burkina Faso, a once-peaceful country in sub-Saharan Africa, shares a border with Mali—and that's a problem. Mali has experienced incredible violence and political instability over the years, which continues to pose a significant threat to the entire region. The two countries share a long and relatively unmonitored border, allowing jihadis to conduct cross-border operations … [Read more...] about Under-equipped and undertrained, will Burkina Faso be the next to fall in the war against Islamist terrorists?
Boko Haram, also known as the Islamic State in West Africa, is succeeding in winning more support from civilians than the central government of Nigeria. In a recent report from one of the refugee camps in northern Nigeria, two women spoke out about their time as wives to Boko Haram fighters, revealing some of the reasons they supported the terrorist organization. "We never went … [Read more...] about Wives of Nigerian terrorists: ‘Boko Haram treated us better than the government’
Ireland will deploy its Special Forces unit, the Army Rangers, to Mali to support U.N. operations within the country. This a positive move for Ireland, as it will deepen ties with Europe and the U.N., and allows the elite Irish units to be truly tested in what is regarded as the most dangerous U.N. mission in the world. The Irish Army Rangers are a highly-trained unit that … [Read more...] about Analysis: Irish Rangers to deploy to Mali
Another blast, another day in Kabul, Afghanistan. This has become the new normal for the people of Kabul. The blast occurred near the Green Village compound on Monday, January 14, killing at least four people and wounding more than 100, the country's health ministry has said. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack. Green Village, a compound that houses a … [Read more...] about Taliban bomb attack in Kabul kills 4, wounds more than 100
As we begin 2019, I'd like to give a quick update on the Ukrainian situation. Already there are several reports coming out of the Donbas region with Russian back separatists continuing to violate the Minsk II agreement. "The number of Ukrainian positions came under fire from grenade launchers, heavy machine guns, and small arms." Russian hybrid military forces mounted at … [Read more...] about Breaking down the war in Ukraine: Violations of Minsk II agreement, ignoring the Donbas ceasefire, and Russian aggression
Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) deployed as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) were caught up in a small arms engagement in the southern town of Tabda on New Year's Day. KDF troops killed seven al-Shabaab militants and wounded an unknown number of fighters in the exchange. The KDF fared better this time than in the past, as they have suffered a number of heavy … [Read more...] about Ambush in Somalia, Kenya Defense Forces inflict losses on al-Shabaab extremists
Boko Haram's latest Assault on the village of Molai, on the outskirts of Maiduguri, shows that the terrorist group's efforts in Nigeria continue to be successful -- and there seems to be no end to their horrific actions. On Sunday, the 16th of December, dozens of villages were forced to flee their homes as the terrorist group ripped through the village shooting sporadically and … [Read more...] about Boko Haram’s horrific assault on the village of Molai is not uncommon
Al Qaeda branch in sub-Saharan Africa, Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM, or the “Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims”), has released a new video addressing the families of several of its hostages. Also addressing the French government's lack of interest in freeing these hostages. JNIM and other groups in the region have for years released videos showing the … [Read more...] about Al Qaeda kidnapping video: France is to blame?
On December 16th there were reports coming out of Somalia that Islamic state fighters had clashed with Al Shabaab fighters. The Islamic state news agency, Amaq, released a video on December the 18th that claims to provide visual evidence of its fight with Al Shabaab on December 16th. This is the first time the Islamic state has openly and publicly announced that it is … [Read more...] about Islamic State battling against Al Shabaab in Somalia?
The Mali government reported that armed men on motorbikes killed more than 40 Tuareg civilians this week in northern Mali, where clashes over land and scarce water are common. The violence compounds an already terrible security situation in the desert region used by armed groups to launch attacks in Mali and neighboring countries in West and Central Africa. The likes of … [Read more...] about Mali: 40 Tuareg civilians killed by armed men on motorbikes
Ukraine vs. Russia happens to be one of the most complicated situations to arise since the Cold War, but how did we get to this point? Which, if we are honest, is potentially military intervention in Ukraine, and -- for all those who have not figured it out -- we're already back in the Cold War! But back to the point of how we got here. In this article we will look at a … [Read more...] about Ukraine timeline of events and what Russia has really been up to since 2014