UK warships to patrol dangerous West African waters

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British warships are expected to patrol the Gulf of Guinea before the end of the year, according to UK Armed Forces Mark Lancaster, who is on a three-day visit to Ghana. He said that the fleet would join forces with members of the regional bloc Ecowas to combat growing insecurity off the West African coast – considered one of the …

Pirates Kidnap Crew Members From Two Ships Off Cameroon

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Armed attackers board German and Greek cargo vessels off the West African coast ByCostas ParisAug. 19, 2019 11:22 am ET Armed attackers kidnapped 17 crew members from German and Greek vessels in piracy-troubled waters off the coast of Cameroon in two incidents last week and are seeking “huge sums” for their release, people involved in the matter said. The first …

Iran oil tanker: Gibraltar orders release of Grace 1

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Gibraltar has freed an Iranian oil tanker detained last month on suspicion of sanctions-busting, despite a last-minute plea by the US authorities. The UK territory received written assurances from Iran that the ship would not discharge its cargo in Syria. Grace 1, carrying Iranian oil, was stopped by Royal Marines on 4 July, triggering a standoff with Tehran. Gibraltar’s chief …

Yemen conflict: Southern separatists seize control of Aden

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Yemeni separatists have taken effective control of the port city of Aden after days of fighting with troops loyal to the internationally backed government. Forces aligned with the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) – which wants an independent south – said they had seized control of military camps and the presidential palace. The opposing Saudi-led coalition said it had responded …

Iran ‘seizes Iraqi tanker in Gulf for smuggling fuel’

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Iran has seized another foreign tanker in the Gulf, state media reports claim.  Iranian forces seized the Iraqi ship for “smuggling fuel for some Arab countries” and detained seven sailors, according to the reports. Iraq’s oil ministry has said it has no connection to the seized vessel and that it is working to gather information about it. The incident comes …