While the ongoing war in Ukraine has seen the fielding of a vast amount of ex-Soviet weapons, no weapons platform has been used more in the conflict than so-called Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS). For a number of reasons, these weapons systems have been used in huge numbers by both sides of the conflict to a very deadly effect. Based around a truck or tank chassis, these weapons systems are a form of rocket artillery. Fixed on adjustable turrets, MLRS hold racks of mounted rockets (usually between 10-30 per vehicle). These rockets are unguided dumb munitions and thus are used for target saturation as well as suppression of enemy positions. In addition, their range is quite extensive, making them very useful for hit and run attacks against static positions, especially against an opponent with no air power.
An ISIS-linked Islamist group has reportedly overrun significant sections of the city of Marawi, located on the southern island of Mindanao in The Philippines.
The Raqqa operation, named Wrath of Euphrates, is entering its final stages as Syrian Democratic Forces are clearing areas north and east of the city of Raqqa from Islamic State presence.
Jenan Moussa, a journalist with UAE based al-Aan TV, released a video on her Twitter claiming to have sent three people undercover into Idlib province, where they filmed daily life with their cellphones.
The official account for the International Coalition for Operation Inherent Resolve has confirmed that coalition warplanes struck pro-government forces near al-Tanf area near the Syria-Iraq border "posing a threat to US partner forces".
Overnight the US Navy launched a Tomahawk cruise missile attack on a Syrian Air Force base in response to the chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun earlier this week.
Recent provocations by Russia and its militant proxies in Avdiivka's Industrial Zone fit with a continuing pattern of violence in SE Ukraine.
Islamic State is busy setting up a new affiliate in the Philippines, and government policies are allowing the threat they pose to worsen.
The battle for the Syrian city of Aleppo is in its final stages as government troops and allied militias dislodge the rebels from the final neighbourhoods
Islamic State (ISIS) fighters have this evening recaptured the city of Palmyra in central Syria.
While AMISOM is assisting in the fight against Al-Shabaab, their lack of success has caused local Somalis to question their motives.