Iran Tests New Missile System

Tehran: Iran on Monday successfully tested an advanced indigenously-made guided missile system during ongoing military manoeuvres staged by the Navy in waters south of the country.

Dehlaviyeh, laser-guided anti-ship missiles, was first tested to destroy simulated hostile targets, according to Iran’s news agency Tasnim.

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Source: http://www.siasat.com/

Extracting Somali oil: is the risk worth the reward?

New research by seismic services company Spectrum Geo has confirmed significant hydrocarbon potential in the seas off the Somali coast, especially oil, which is easier to extract than natural gas. The government is keen to exploit the reserves, but is the threat of piracy and geopolitical instability too high to nurture an offshore industry?

BY HEIDI VELLA

In 2015 Spectrum Geo set out to conduct the most advanced seismic testing to date in the little explored waters offshore Somalia. The company later announced the potential presence of hydrocarbons at a depth where crude is usually found.

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Somalia: Soldiers injured in Mogadishu car bomb explosion

MOGADISHU, Somalia- Several Somali security personnel were wounded on Monday when a car bomb exploded in the capital Mogadishu, the latest in a string of terrorist attacks, Garowe Online reports.

Capt. Mohamed Ali, a senior Somali Police official, confirmed to local media that the attack took place on Monday afternoon at an army post in Ex-control checkpoint on Afgoye road.

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Source: http://www.garoweonline.com/

Fighting rising piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

Strategies to combat piracy already exist, but countries must navigate the pitfalls that hinder implementation.

BY BARTHÉLEMY BLÉDÉ

‘The Gulf of Guinea, which has been Africa’s main maritime piracy hotspot since 2011, could become the world’s most piracy-affected area.’ This was a key observation made by American and African experts at a workshop organised by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in Abidjan from 14 to 17 February. This finding and others depicted a rather disheartening picture of maritime security in Africa.

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Oil theft: JTF destroys 3 illegal refineries in Niger Delta

The Joint Military Task Force (JTF) said on Saturday in Yenagoa that it had destroyed three illegal oil distillation sites in Delta and Rivers.

Spokesman of ODSafe, Maj. Abubakar Abdullahi confirmed the development in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). “Troops of the Nigerian Naval Ship (NNS) Delta successfully carried out a raid on two illegal refineries along LAPASE CREEK in Warri South of Delta State.”

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Source: http://thenationonlineng.net/

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Libya PM heading to Moscow to seek better ties

Tripoli – The head of Libya’s embattled unity government Fayez al-Sarraj will visit Moscow this week, a government source said on Monday, after a key rival sought to build ties with Russia.

A source from the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) said Sarraj would begin a visit to Moscow on Thursday, without providing further details.

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Source: http://www.news24.com/

Spain coast guard rescues 257 migrants trying to cross Mediterranean

The Spanish coast guard rescued 257 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe from Morocco in inflatable dinghies in an “intense weekend,” they said Monday, February 27, according to AFP.

Sunday evening was particularly difficult with five boats carrying 210 people from sub-Saharan Africa rescued, while the remaining 47 were recovered from their dinghies on Saturday afternoon, a spokeswoman for the coast guard told AFP.

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Source: http://www.panarmenian.net/

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FG commissions monitoring system to check crude oil theft, piracy

By Anietie Akpan (Calabar) and Emeka Nwachukwu (Lagos)

The Federal Government has commissioned a project to check crude oil theft, illegal transfer at sea and piracy. The National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno, while commissioning the project called Nigerian Security Element Project 2 (NICEP) yesterday in Calabar, Cross River State said: “It is an attestation that the Federal Government is determined to stop illegalities in our waterways.”

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete Ekwe Ibas said: “The need for this infrastructure became expedient because of high rate of crime at sea, and the decision to implement the ‘Falcon Eye’ system is to present detailed picture of Nigeria’s maritime domain.”

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Pro-Islamic State militants re-emerge as Philippine nightmare

Abu Sayyaf is holding 19 other foreigners, most of them are Vietnamese, Indonesian and Malaysia sailors, on its remote southern island strongholds of Sulu and Basilan, according to the military.

MANILA: With ultra-fast boats, millions in ransom payments and sympathetic locals, pro-Islamic State militants on lawless southern Philippines islands who beheaded a German hostage this week have re-emerged as one of the nation’s top threats.

The Philippines is planning to bring in foreign maritime forces to help fight the Abu Sayyaf, after a kidnapping spree that has raised fears the waters around its island strongholds may descend into a Somalia-like haven for pirates.

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