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Defence Briefing

— Global


MONOCLE interviews the commander of the Norwegian Coast Guard and reports on military deals in Afganistan and Australia.

Balalaika, Boeing, Kabardino-Balkaria, Little Bird, Morten Jørgensen, Norwegian Coast Guard


Up in arms


A fight is brewing in the northern Caucasus, where the president of the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria has offered to support groups of civilians to fight Islamist insurgents behind grenade attacks on public buildings and the execution of tourists in February. Since then, a group of vigilantes calling themselves the Black Hawks has begun handing out papers stating they plan to fight “bearded Islamists”. The group has been blamed for attacking the house of a suspected militant but that hasn’t stopped the…


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