Peacekeepers in Mali. U.N. photo Insurgents expand their activities in the Sahel by PETER DOERRIE In a highly coordinated attack, fighters affiliated with Al Qaeda’s branch in the Sahel took over a military base near Nampala on July 19, beating back the Malian garrison and later ambushing them during their retreat. At... Read more
A Turkish air force F-4E. Photo via Wikipedia Recovery might take a year or more by TOM COOPER The Turkish military has a long history of meddling in the nation’s politics, including no fewer than four coup d’états. In 1960, young officers toppled the democratically elected government amid socio-political turmoil and... Read more
A Turkish F-4. Photo via Wikipedia But the aging planes couldn’t match the rebels’ F-16s by DAVID AXE On the night of July 15, elements of the Turkish military rose up against Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan — and very nearly succeeded in killing or capturing their controversial leader. A few military units remained... Read more
A Turkish F-16 flies over Ankara. ermaleksandr/Flickr photo Military coup attempt failed to control information by ROBERT BECKHUSEN A military coup attempt by what appears to be a conspiracy within the Turkish military has failed. At least 265 people are dead and one of the strongest NATO armies, dealing... Read more
The truck, filled with bullet holes, used in the attack on Nice. Ahab Again/Flickr photo The Islamic State wants to carry out more attacks more often by ROBERT BECKHUSEN The terrorist attack on civilians crowded along Nice’s Promenade des Anglais celebrating Bastille Day appears ot be part of a trend... Read more
To Faye Cuevas, poaching is warfare by KALEIGH ROGERS While working as a counterterrorism intelligence agent for the U.S. Air Force in Africa, tracking Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army, Lt. Col. Faye Cuevas wasn’t particularly interested in elephants. But the animals kept popping up during her surveillance operations. “We... Read more
Venezuelan F-16A. Rob Schleiffert/Flickr photo Downing of suspected drug flights raises human rights concerns by JAVIER IGNACIO MAYORCA This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. A 2012 law that allows Venezuela’s air force to shoot down aircraft on suspicious flight paths reflects a policy that is being implemented at a high cost... Read more
The scene of the Dallas shootings rendered in Google Street View. Photo via Google Ambush on Dallas police is a worst-case scenario by ROBERT BECKHUSEN This article was originally published on the morning of June 8. The shooting of 14 people during a protest march, 12 of them police officers, is... Read more
Still from a video released by the JAI in support of a claim that one of its BAZ-5937 launchers shot down a SyAAF helicopter on June 27, 2016. JAI release Shoot-downs are piling up by TOM COOPER During the night of June 26 and 27, 2016, insurgents from the Jaysh Al Islam — a... Read more
MiG-23BN serial 4136 was the first of two overhauled by technicians of the LNA/AF — with some help from Egypt. LNA/AF photo via Why did Libya add refueling probes to its swing-wing fighters? by ARNAUD DELALANDE & TOM COOPER On April 30, 2016, Capt. Adel Jihani of the Libyan National Army... Read more
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