Yemeni Al Qaeda leader surrenders as security forces discover ISIL weapons hoard

Tammah is considered to be one of the most dangerous leaders of AQAP.

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ADEN // One of the leading figures of Al Qaeda in the Araban Peninsula (AQAP) surrendered to Yemeni security forces on Thursday morning. Aden police spokesman Abdurrahman Al Naqeeb said Taher Tammah gave himself up to security forces in the southern province of Lahj.

“Tammah surrendered to the leader of the emergency forces in Lahj province, Moneer Al Yafei, and [Mr Al Yafei] brought Tammah to the coalition forces in Aden,” said Mr Naqeeb, referring to the Saudi-led coalition that is fighting on the side of the government in Yemen’s civil war.

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UK pledges to support Nigeria in ending oil theft in Niger Delta

Level of environmental degeneration in Delta “overwhelming”.

The UK Minister for Africa and Middle East, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mr Tobias Ellwood, has pledged to support Nigeria end oil vandalism and environmental pollution in the Niger Delta.

Ellwood, who toured the creeks in Rivers, told newsmen in Port Harcourt on Friday that it had become imperative to help provide solutions to some of the challenges hindering the development of the country.

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Warships to remain on West Indian waters for 2 months

Deployment in West Indian Ocean for longer two months. 

By GEOFFREY IRUNGU

The two Indian warships that docked at the Kenyan coast two weeks ago will remain on the western part of the Indian Ocean for the next two months.

India sent the naval vessels to Kenya to share experiences in operations and combat threats of maritime terrorism and piracy. In a statement, the Indian High Commission said the warships docked in Mombasa for three days between September 10 and September 13.

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Prosecutor: India did not torture Somali prisoners

119 Somalis plead guilty to piracy charges in India.

The prosecutor general of Somalia’s federal government Ahmed Ali Dahir has vehemently denied reports of torture on Somali citizens held in Indian prison.

The prosecutor said the inmates are facing hardships of life at the jails they are being held, where they don’t have proper health care and other basic services.

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Source: shabellenews.com

Southeast Asia, the New Paradise for Pirates

120,000 ships pass through the region, accounting for one-third of global maritime trade.

MANILA – Southeast Asia has replaced the Somali coasts as the nerve center of piracy, with the region now accounting for nearly half of the 98 attacks and kidnappings by pirates in the world so far this year, according to the International Maritime Bureau.

Areas such as the Somali coasts and the Gulf of Guinea have witnessed a drastic reduction in pirate attacks in recent years, meanwhile, criminal activities in the high seas have been on the rise in Southeast Asia.

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Oceans Beyond Piracy discusses Piracy Conditions Worldwide

OBP issues analysis of current situation in East and West Africa.

In the run-up to the upcoming African Union Maritime Summit in Lomé, Togo, the Oceans Beyond Piracy project convened a meeting of 35 maritime experts to discuss the current state of maritime piracy off the east and west coasts of Africa. The meeting included representatives from the maritime nations, the shipping industry, international organizations, and civil society groups. The frank discussions focused on the coordination of international support to regional nations in four key areas to deter piracy: (1) Operational Response, (2) Rule of Law, (3) Vessel Self Defense and (4) International Support.

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Stranded Merchant Navy cadets feared attack from pirates

The British sailors were on a placement with a South Korean company when it went bust, leaving them in limbo on board a ship.

A Merchant Navy cadet stranded at sea has told how he and his shipmates rigged the deck with razor wire for fear of an attack by pirates.

Ruaridh Hanna was amongst a group of British cadets who were stuck on board a ship in the Indian Ocean for nearly a month.

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Source: news.sky.com

Rajapaksa’s brother gets bail in floating armory case

Floating armoury case rumbles on in Sri Lanka.

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, brother of Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, was today granted bail by a here in the alleged floating armoury case which caused a loss of Rs 11.4 billion to the state exchequer.

Former top defense ministry official Gotabhaya and six others had been asked to appear in Colombo magistrate under the corruption charges filed by the Bribery Commission.

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Source: business-standard.com

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Increased security at jam-packed Mallorcan ports

Increased traffic has meant a similar increase in inspections. 

Matt Ford

THE National Police has increased inspections of pleasure craft at marinas and yacht clubs around the island since the level four antiterrorism alert was put in place in mid-2015.

A statement released on Thursday, September 29, revealed that a whopping 16,400 such vessels have visited Mallorca in a little over 12 months.

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Source: euroweeklynews.com

Islamic State Hit Hard in Libya, but al-Qaeda Stronger Than Ever

Daesh hold weakening, but AQ still present. 

by JOHN HAYWARD

Thomas Joscelyn, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and Senior Editor of the Long War Journal, told the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade on Tuesday that the Islamic State has suffered major setbacks in its Libyan stronghold of Sirte.

Its influence has not been purged from the country, however, and the Islamic State’s grandfathers and rivals in al-Qaeda are pursuing a highly successful clandestine strategy.

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