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An unspoken aspect of the remaining US presence in Iraq is Washington’s option of defending Iraq against major foreign or domestic threats.

Iraq
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Operation Iraqi Freedom ended on 1 September after more than seven years of US ‘combat operations’ in Iraq. GSN marks the occasion by analysing the new US military mission, Operation New Dawn

Iraq
Issue 884 - 04 September 2010

Border and coast guard programmes

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The United States is continuing to support a number of border security initiatives in Yemen. The annual $300,000 State Department support for the US-installed Personal Identification Secure

Yemen
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As James Mattis settles in as the new head of US Central Command, one of his first major regional strategy reviews is US security assistance to Yemen

Yemen
Issue 883 - 28 August 2010

BlackBerry ban threat

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Saudi Arabia and the UAE have threatened to ban certain encrypted features of Canadian company Research In Motion (RIM)’s BlackBerry mobile phones because they hinder efforts to counter terrorism and crime, the two countries argue.

Saudi Arabia | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Concern about the regional military/security balance is emerging as an important driver of Iraqi policy – as is reflected in the government’s pattern of procurement (see GSN’s main Defence and security article). Sources in the United States Department of Defence told GSN that Iraqi

Iraq
Issue 882 - 31 July 2010

Fox and Morin lose Saudi meetings

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British defence minister Liam Fox’s planned three-day visit to Saudi Arabia in late July was called off at the last minute because no senior Saudi

Saudi Arabia
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The Saudi-Kuwaiti technical committee for border demarcation has signed a contract with New Zealand’s NZ Aerial Mapping. China and Qatar agreed to boost military co-operation at a meeting of senior military officials in Beijing

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Qatar
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Ukraine has successfully stalked the Iraqi defence market for decades, cutting sanction-busting deals with Saddam Hussein and later leveraging its role as a post-Saddam contributor of forces to the ‘Coalition of the Willing’. The pay-off has been handsome.

Iraq
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Hawker Beechcraft delivers T-6 trainers, Second RNO corvette deal, Sikorsky gets MoI helicopter contract, Raytheon contract to deliver missiles to SANG, Potential $30m deal with US, Raytheon wants more deals

Saudi Arabia | Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Iraq
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Although the aftershocks of Iraq’s post-Saddam brush with state failure continue to be felt across the country, Iraqis are moving on to new concerns – including a growing apprehension about the actions of its powerful neighbours

Iran | Iraq
Issue 881 - 17 July 2010

The unique case of Anbar

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Across Iraq the Iraqi Security Forces are less motivated by a need to defeat the remaining cadre of militants. There is a pervasive sense that the security issue is mostly under control and that (in most places) the insurgents are finished and do not

Iraq
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UAE joint defence committee with US; Mayall tour of UAE and Yemen; Yemeni coastguard base on Miyoun Island

Yemen | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 881 - 17 July 2010

Saleh in Cairo and Moscow

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President Ali Abdullah Saleh has returned to Sanaa after visits to Egypt and Russia. Following talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Saleh travelled to Moscow to meet senior Russian officials and attend an international exhibition on technology and equipment. Saleh is thought to have discussed Yemen’s bilateral debt

Yemen
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With the 31 August deadline looming for the withdrawal of US combat forces in Iraq, GSN has visited locations across the country to conduct a wide-ranging assessment of the security situation and the likely impact of withdrawal. We asked what the drawdown would mean on the ground and whether the Iraqi Security Forces will cope.

Iraq