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 World News: Middle East & Africa

  1. Yemeni soldiers fire a rocket during an offensive against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in May. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul says al-Qaida still has plans to target airliners. STR/ / AFP

    US Official: Al-Qaida Still Wants to 'Blow Up Airplanes,' Eyes Non-Metallic Bombs

    Al-Qaida remains intent on attacking airliners and is developing explosive devices capable of eluding airport metal detectors, says a senior US lawmaker.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  2. Shiite Muslim volunteers join the Iraqi Army to fight against jihadist militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Iraq's ambassador to the US has urged the US to begin airstrikes against ISIL. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP

    Iraqi Ambassador: US Should Begin Airstrikes in Iraq Now

    The Iraqi ambassador to the United States explicitly called for ramped up American military involvement in his country on Monday, asking the United States to launch air strikes against positions being held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  3. A Nigerian Air Force Mi-35 helicopter, similar to this Venezuelan Mi-35 seen in 2008, crashed July 21 in a restive part of the country. Pedro Rey / AFP

    Nigeria Air Force Helicopter Crashes In Restive Region

    A Nigerian helicopter crashed on Monday in an area where the military is battling Boko Haram Islamists, killing two of the three people on board, a statement said, but there was no indication the chopper was shot down by insurgents.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  4. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, left, exchanges documents with his Malian counterpart, Bah N'Daw, July 16, in Bamako after signing a military cooperation plan in the fight against Islamist militants. HABIBOU KOUYATE/ / AFP/Getty Images

    France Reorganizes Military Presence in Sub-Saharan Africa

    France is rebasing its military and intelligence presence in sub-Saharan Africa with the cooperation of five nations to fight insurgents in the region, the spokesman for the chief of the Defense Staff said.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  5. An Israeli missile hits Palestinian buildings in Gaza City on July 17. Israel launched a ground operation in Gaza on the 10th day of an offensive to stamp out rocket attacks from the Palestinian enclave, the army said. Thomas Coex / Getty Images

    Israeli Military Launches Ground Offensive in Gaza

    Israeli forces launched a ground operation into the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip following several hours of heavy rocket fire into southern and central Israel by Gaza militants.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  6. With its latest partnership agreement, Boeing could have a stake in the Aerosud/Paramount Advanced High Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft effort. AHRLAC

    Boeing Continues Partnership Strategy With Paramount Group Deal

    In what is the latest move by Boeing to collaborate with a company offering knowledge of an untapped market, the aerospace giant has signed an agreement with The Paramount Group of South Africa.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  7. The DubaiSat-2 satellite was designed and developed by South Korea's Satrec satellite manufacturing company and was launched in 2012 Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Tech

    UAE Establishes Space Agency

    The United Arab Emirates plans to establish the first Gulf Arab space agency, and its first objective is to conduct a fully indigenous mission to Mars by 2021.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  8. An EA-18G Growler launches from the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson. A Senate subcommittee added $1.3 billion for a dozen of the aircraft. MC2 John Philip Wagner/ / Navy

    US Senate Panel Proposes Keeping A-10, 11 Aircraft Carriers With $547.9B Defense Bill

    A US Senate panel on Tuesday approved nearly $550 billion in military spending as part of a bill that would keep alive weapon systems the Pentagon wanted to retire.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  9. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, shakes hands with Qatar's Minister of State for Defense Affairs Hamad bin Ali al-Atiyah after signing a weapons agreement July 14 at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan / AFP

    US: Qatar To Buy Patriot Missiles in $11B Deal

    Qatar will buy US Patriot missiles for the first time in a major arms deal worth $11 billion, officials said Monday, as Washington awaits a decision by the Gulf state on a lucrative fighter jet contract.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  10. Mubadala Development, Tawazun and Emirates Advanced Investments are considering a merger within the next six months, sources said. Tawazun

    Major UAE Merger Likely in 6 Months

    A merger between United Arab Emirates defense giants Mubadala Development, Tawazun and Emirates Advanced Investments could be completed within the next six months, according to sources close to discussions.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  11. A section of an oil refinery is guarded July 14 at the Kawergosk Refinery near Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. Safin Hamed / AFP

    Pentagon: US Teams Complete Assessment of Iraqi Forces

    US military teams have completed an assessment of Iraqi security forces, the Pentagon said Monday, amid reports the American officers came away with bleak conclusions.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  12. Yemeni anti-government protesters hold portraits of Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi during a demonstration demanding the government resign on Feb. 10 in the capital Sanaa. Mohammed Huwais / AFP

    Yemen President Sacks 2 Top Army Commanders

    Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi has sacked the military chiefs of two regions following sweeping advances by Shiite rebels and a surge in al-Qaida attacks, state media reported Sunday.

    • Jul. 13, 2014
  13. Malian Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mahamane Toure, right, and French Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Pierre de Villiers, center, review troops on Feb. 27 at the Defence Ministry in Bamako, Mali. Habibou Kouyate / AFP

    France Ends Mali Offensive, Redeploys Troops To Restive Sahel

    France said Sunday its military offensive that freed northern Mali from the grip of Islamists would be replaced by an operation spanning the wider, largely lawless Sahel region to combat extremist violence.

    • Jul. 13, 2014
  14. Foothold in Africa: Multirole Russian Su-30 aircraft are popular among some African air forces seeking fighters that can operate in adverse conditions, day and night. VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images

    Multirole Combat Jets Propagate Across Sub-Saharan Africa

    Sub-Saharan African countries have ramped up acquisition of sophisticated multirole fighter aircraft and combat helicopters in a continental buying spree driven by efforts to confront evolving security threats, but also by national aspirations to assert r

    • Jul. 13, 2014
  15. Emirati citizens walk past a US-made F-15 Eagle fighter jet displayed at the Dubai Airshow. With continuing upgrades and sustainment business, aircraft such as the F-15 and F-16, which have large customer bases, remain a viable market. Karim Sahib / AFP

    Market Still Flat, But Signs of Hope

    Military and industry leaders gathering this week at the Farnborough International Airshow likely will bring a more positive business outlook than they had two years ago, when budget uncertainty hung over the show like a proverbial cloud.

    • Jul. 13, 2014
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