Starting in April of 2016 and lasting several months, hackers called Callisto Group led an offensive cyber campaign against the UK Foreign Services. According to cyber security firm F-Secure, the main targets were "military personnel, government officials, think tanks and journalists" mainly in Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus, Ukraine and the UK. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) did not disclose whether any data breach occurredRead More
According to Fitch Ratings Ltd., oil is projected to be sold at an average of $52.50/barrel in 2017, leaving eleven oil exporting countries with an unbalanced budget for the year. In an April 5 report, even after cuts in government subsidies and currency devaluations, these countries won’t have balanced government budgets in 2017.Read More
A boat helmed by Yemeni people smugglers left port Ras Arra along the southern coastline of Yemen with 140 Somali refugees in hopes of reaching Sudan. When passing through the Bab-el-Mandeb straight, around 30 miles from shore, an Apache helicopter, armed with a 30 mm M230 chain gun, opened fire on the civilian boat.Read More
The Islamic State has incorporated commercial quadrocopter drones into their arsenal as the battle for Mosul continues in norther Iraq. Originally used for intelligence purposes, IS has altered these drones so they are now capable of dropping bombs and grenades. Thesenew drones have been devastating, injuring dozens of civilians.Read More
Commercial Drones are being used in a Siberian tiger enclosure in the Heilongjiang Province of China to keep tigers fit during the winter months. This innovative use of drones is just one example of new applications that will emerge as the ease and accessibility of drone tech continues to improve.Read More
On Friday Boko Haram combatants led an assault on Maidugiru, targeting the Muna camp for displaced people, home to about 9,000 refugees, and other sites including a military checkpoint and several trucks loaded with export goods. Nigerian troops and local civilians acting in self-defence ultimately defeated the extremists. The conflict resulted in 11 casualties, including nine suicide bombers and two civilians.
Frontier Horizons was pleased to host an informational session on the crisis in Yemen in Central London last week. The event featured presentations from Frontier Horizons’ founder, Alistair Galloway, Frontier Horizons’ Global Intelligence - Yemen Analyst, Caroline Hammer, and Yemeni national Shady Qubaty, followed by a question and answer and networking sessions.Read More
At least five people have been killed in a suicide bomber attack in a central and touristic area of Istanbul. The bombing occurred in the Beyoglu area of Istanbul, near government buildings, Taksim Square, and the busy Istiklal Street.Read More
Terrorist attacks continue in Turkey as country’s Syria policy continues to falter. A car bomb exploded in Ankara’s central Kizilay neighbourhood on Sunday evening, killing 37 and injuring more than 125. The blast targeted the area’s transportation hub, near the metro station and several bus and minibus stops.Read More
Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for an attack on the Somali capital Mogadishu on 26 February. Nine people were killed as attackers targeted the Somali Youth League Hotel on Friday night, exploding a car bomb outside the hotel before storming inside past security guards. The attackers were ultimately shot dead by police.
Involvement of the Syrian Party for Democratic Unity (PYD) and its military branch, the People’s Protection Forces (YPG), emphasizes an escalation in geopolitical tensions regarding the Kurdish independence movement, the Syrian civil war, and the international campaign against the Islamic State. The PYD is considered an ally of the United States against the Islamic State, and is aligned with Russia against other Syrian rebel groups that are targeting the Assad Regime.Read More
A contribution from Frontier Horizons has been published by the House of Commons International Development Committee as part of their inquiry on the Crisis in Yemen. Analysis from Frontier Horizons explores the state of the crisis in Yemen, including DFIDs humanitarian response to the Yemen crisis and its strategic priorities, including considerations of humanitarian development in the long run.Read More
Through our Global Operating Platform and Global Intelligence Services, Frontier Horizons is able to provide a monthly Country Report Summary Booklet, detailing key events in countries identified as critically important to our clients.Read More
The Governor of Yemen’s port city of Aden, Major General Jaafar Mohammed Saad, was killed this morning in an IED blast that occurred while traveling in Al Tawahi Province. The IED was apparently planted in his vehicle, killing him along with his 6 man escort team. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has claimed responsibility for the attack. Saad was only recently appointed governor of the region.
01.12.15 (London)- A blast has occurred near Istanbul’s Bayrampasa metro station, though the exact cause remains unknown. Initial reports indicated that the blast was caused by a faulty transformer, however later reports indicate that the explosion came from a pipe IED (improvised explosive device) detonated on an overpass near the station.Read More
Turkey has reportedly shot down a Russian military aircraft on the country’s southern border in Hatay province. Turkish F- 16s shot down the SU 24 after warning the two pilots they were violating Turkish airspace. At least one of the pilots has been confirmed dead by Syrian rebels in Latakia province, where the jet crashed.Read More