Somalia: Al Shabaab Seized Elhur From Galmudug Forces

Fighters with the Al Qaeda-affiliated militant group Al shabaab have wrested control of a key location in central Somalia from Galmudug state forces on Thursday, residents confirmed.

Locals said Al shabaab fighters moved in the area, without encountering any resistance from regional forces, who are reported to have deserted the area before Al shabaab’s arrival.

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Source: http://allafrica.com/

Harbor battle threatens Yemen with famine

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Saudi-led coalition asphyxiates the country by its blockade in the Red Sea.

By Marie Bourreau

“All parties” of the conflict in Yemen “have hampered the distribution of humanitarian aid in the country,” said a UN expert group that delivered a detailed report to the Security Council at the end of January , Released on Thursday (February 23rd). The experts point out the responsibility for the blockade imposed by the coalition led by Saudi Arabia since March 2015 to areas under the control of Houthi rebels and troops loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

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JTF releases ex-Niger Delta militant leader, nine others

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Ex-militant leader, Mr. Goddey Smith Bounanawei (alias King of the Forest) and nine others, including Peremor Ekpesegba, Akpos Livinus, Monday Ebimene, Churchilll Agbelogode, who were arrested by the Joint Task Force in connection with renewed militancy in the region have regained their freedom.

The Ex-militants were released by the JTF on Thursday and handed over to the Delta State Command of the Nigeria Police Force before their eventual release.

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Suicide bomber kills at least eight soldiers in Yemen’s Zinjibar

Suspected Al Qaida member wore a military uniform, drove a car that exploded at the military camp entrance

A suicide bomber killed at least eight soldiers in an attack on a military camp in Yemen’s southern city of Zinjibar at dawn on Friday, a local official and residents said.

The bomber, wearing a military uniform, drove a car that exploded at the entrance of the camp. Ten others were wounded.

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Source: http://gulfnews.com/

Bodies of 27 migrants recovered in west Libya, 13 in shipping container

The bodies of 27 migrants have been recovered in Western Libya, 13 of whom died of suffocation in a shipping container, the Red Crescent said on Thursday.

The migrants found in the container appear to have been locked inside it for several days as it was transported to the coast at Khoms, where they were to attempt to cross the Mediterranean towards Europe, the Red Crescent said in a statement.

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Source: http://www.reuters.com/

Sulu Sea piracy sinks ARMM intl trade, govt peace process

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SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao: Piracy in the Sulu Sea has put on hold international shipping to Polloc Port in Parang, Maguindanao, the main gateway for foreign trade in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Lawyer Ishak Mastura, ARMM Regional Board of Investments (RBOI) chairman, told The Manila Times that this was revealed in reports reaching their office from the port management.

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Source: http://www.manilatimes.net/

East Libya bans travel for those aged between 18 and 45

Eastern Libya has banned men and women between the ages of 18 and 45 from travelling abroad without permission.

The region’s military chief of staff, Abdelrazzak Al-Naduri, said the aim of the move was to prevent people from joining terrorist groups abroad.

Libya has rival administrations in the east and west, and much of the country is effectively controlled by militias.

The new order comes days after a controversial ban on women’s travel was introduced, and quickly suspended.

That order, also issued by the authorities in eastern Libya, prevented women under 60 from travelling without a male companion.

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Military now targeting ASG kidnapping infrastructure

MANILA –To fully eliminate the Abu Sayyaf Group threat, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is now targeting the infrastructure making up its kidnapping network.

By infrastructure, AFP public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo was referring to the bandit group’s spotters, kidnappers, caretakers, financiers and negotiators.

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Source: http://www.canadianinquirer.net/

Haftar’s true agenda in Libya

Osama Al-Sharif

As he managed to stretch his control over most of eastern Libya, including the oil fields, after ridding Benghazi of militant threats, Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar is now looking to capitalize on his gains in a bid to have the final say on his country’s future.

His entry into the Libyan political fray, following the toppling of Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, was relatively late. He was once close to the defunct regime, but then spent two decades in exile in the US. Supported by various factions in the eastern part of the war-torn country, Haftar is quickly emerging as a political and military powerbroker who has become essential to reaching national reconciliation and preventing Libya from disintegrating.

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