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R5 billion in defence exports to the Middle East are unlocked

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The National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) has approved multiple defence transactions with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), unlocking billions of...

Congo arrests Middle Eastern national for links to Islamist militia

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Democratic Republic of Congo has said it has arrested a Middle Eastern national for alleged ties to an Islamist militia in the east of...

Cannabis and cocaine seized in big Niger and South Africa drug...

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Drugs with a street value of nearly 100 million euros have been seized in operations in Africa and the Middle East, including two major...

Iran army commandos start drills near mouth of Gulf

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Iranian army commandos and paratroopers started exercises near the mouth of the Gulf on Tuesday, the last full day of US President Donald Trump’s...

Iraq trains US-sanctioned militia leader for army position – sources

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The Iraqi military is training a former member of an Iran-backed militia, who is under US sanctions for killing protesters, to become a high-ranking...

‘Mercenary’ hacker group runs rampant in Middle East, cybersecurity research shows

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Saudi diplomats, Sikh separatists and Indian business executives have been among those targeted by a group of hired hackers, according to research published on...

Global co-operation needed for counter-terrorism during and after pandemic

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With Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) and other terrorist groups attempting to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic for their own ends, the international community...

Interpol targets pharmaceutical crime

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Close to 20 million illicit pharmaceutical items were removed from the market in a regional operation co-ordinated by Interpol across the Middle East and...

Displacement in Syria reaches record numbers

More people fled fighting in Syria over the past 10 weeks than at any other time in the nine-year-old conflict and Idlib, where many...

Trump supports NATO expansion

US President Donald Trump supports expanding the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to include Middle Eastern nations, as the US seeks to limit its troop...

More US troops going to Middle East

The United States is sending nearly 3 000 additional troops to the Middle East from the 82nd Airborne Division as a precaution amid rising...

Japanese sailors to guard ships in the Middle East

Japan is working on a plan to send 270 seamen to the Middle East to guard ships supplying Japan under a law allowing military...

US turning Gulf region into a tinderbox

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused the United States of turning the Gulf region into a “matchbox ready to ignite”, according to Al...

Sale of armed UAVs growing to the Middle East

Countries in the Middle East are increasingly buying armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), especially from countries like China and Turkey which are stepping in...

Despite criticism at home, French arms sales double in the Middle...

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France's weapons sales to the Middle East doubled in 2017, a government report showed, as President Emmanuel Macron defied pressure from lawmakers...

Saudi, Egypt lead Arab states cutting Qatar ties, Iran blames Trump

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Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed their ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting terrorism and...

Middle Eastern country buys DroneGun to combat UAVs

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The ministry of defence of an undisclosed country in the Middle East has bought the DroneGun tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) jammer...

Paramount looking to growth in the Middle East

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Paramount Group is looking to expand its presence in the Middle East in light of increased defence spending and instability and growing...

LMT delivering LM5 armoured vehicle to African countries

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Land Mobility Technologies (LMT) is supplying its LM5 armoured vehicles to two African countries, with deliveries due to be completed in February...

Economic costs of Middle East wars exceptionally high – IMF

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Armed conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa are not only devastating the economies gripped by fighting, but are sapping growth...

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