In the face of Hodeidah assault, Yemen is on the brink

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The war in Yemen is approaching a catastrophic battle for control of the crucial port of Hodeidah. Washington is tepidly counseling the Saudi- and Emirati-led coalition to refrain from trying to capture the strategic port, but it is far from clear that they will listen. The administration has sent mixed signals to Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. Author Bruce Riedel Hodeidah …

EU NAVFOR protecting World Food Programme shipments to Somalia

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Two-thirds of all refugees come from just five countries – Somalia, Myanmar, South Sudan, Afghanistan and Syria. EU NAVFOR joins the United Nations Refugee Agency in recognising World Refugee Day, to commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. Since the start of Operation Atalanta in 2008, EU NAVFOR has protected over 1.7 million tonnes of World Food …

That time the US and North Korea teamed up to fight Somali pirates

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The list of Americans who receive favorable coverage in North Korea’s state media is a very, very short one. President Trump made waves with KCNA’s review of his performance at the 2018 Singapore Summit. But more than a decade before that, the crew of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS James E. Williams received even higher praise. In 2007, a North …

Somalia, Ethiopia to jointly invest in four seaports on the Red Sea

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MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somalia and Ethiopia announced they were jointly investing in four seaports to attract foreign investment to their two countries, the latest move in a tussle for access to ports along one of the world’s most strategic waterways. After Somalia’s president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo hosted Ethiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed for a meeting at the presidential palace in …

Nigerian Navy announces destruction of 1000 illegal refineries in 29 days

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The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) DELTA on Wednesday said it had destroyed over 1000 illegal refineries with swamp buggies in the Delta creeks. Speaking with journalists in Warri, the Commander, NNS DELTA, Ibrahim Dewu, said the illegal refineries were destroyed in the last 29 days in its ongoing raids. He said the illegal refineries and the equipment were destroyed in …

UAE-Backed Forces Attack Hodeidah

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Despite warnings from aid agencies and a last-minute effort to broker a truce, UAE-backed forces have launched an assault on the rebel-held port city of Hodeidah, Yemen, a key hub for the nation’s food imports. The UN’s special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, had attempted to reach an agreement between Houthi rebels and the coalition forces that would have seen …

Port of Djibouti as a Future African Trading Gateway

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BY HARRY VALENTINE 2018-06-14 17:32:30 At the present time, a group of African governments assisted by China are planning future trans-African transportation corridors. Should some of these plans come to fruition many years into the future, the Port of Djibouti could emerge as an important African trading gateway. Introduction For several decades beginning during in the early 1970’s, the Government …

Mother of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau speaks, says she doesn’t know whether he is alive or dead

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Mother of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau speaks, says she doesn’t know whether he is alive or dead Boko Haram leader, Shekau’s mother speaks: Everyone knows a mother’s love for her son, but… …says he was an almajiri on the streets of Maiduguri Mrs Falmata Abubakar, the mother of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, has told newsmen “I did not …

No Official Word From Seychelles yet Over Assumption Island Agreement

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According to sources, there has been no official communication from the Seychelles government that the agreement has been cancelled. New Delhi: While Seychelles President Danny Faure indicated that the agreement for India to sponsor a naval facility at Assumption Island will “not move forward”, India has not yet received any official intimation that the agreement has been scrapped. On June …

India seeks intelligence info from east Asian nations to combat sea pirates

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This year’s conference was attended by all the countries barring Brunei and New Zealand Stressing on security co-operation at the East Asia Summit (EAS), India on Friday sought intelligence sharing to combat sea piracy, terrorism, and sea-based human smuggling. “Security cooperation is important for EAS countries. India and other EAS countries, individually and collectively, could make arrangements on intelligence sharing …

Indonesia’s Chance to Advocate Maritime Security Issues on the Security Council

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At the United Nations (UN) Plenary Meeting on June 8, 2018, Indonesia managed to get 144 votes from 190 countries, securing a non-permanent seat on the Security Council (UNSC). This will be the fourth term for Indonesia representing the Asia Pacific group at the UN’s most powerful body (it previously sat on the UNSC in 1973-1974, 1995-1996, and 2007-2008). Winning …

Iran frees four sailors held by Somali pirates during complex intel operation

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Iran’s intelligence forces have rescued four Iranian sailors from the captivity of pirates in Somalia following a complicated operation. The sailors Masoud Balouchi, Ahmad Balouchi, Adam Balouchi and Shir-Mohammad Tabezar, kidnapped three years ago in international waters near Somalia, were welcomed by Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi in Tehran Thursday. Alavi noted that the Intelligence Ministry put the release of the sailors …