Iran Navy flotilla to set sail for Indian Ocean next month

A flotilla of Iranian warships will set sail for the Indian Ocean next month in a bid to ensure security for the country’s cargo ships in the high seas.

Iran’s 47th naval fleet is scheduled to depart for the Indian Ocean in early June, Deputy Navy Commander for Coordination Rear Admiral Peyman Jafa’ari Tehrani said on Saturday.

“The 46th flotilla, which was dispatched [to the high seas] some time ago, is now halfway through its mission and will return to Iran within the next days,” he added.

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Egypt ‘deploys special forces to Libya’ to back Haftar

Egypt has sent “dozens of military personnel” to Libya to back its close ally Khalifa Haftar as Cairo presses ahead with attacks on terrorist training camps in eastern Libya, sources have told The New Arab.

Egyptian special forces and military intelligence officers have reportedly been deployed this week to bases controlled by forces loyal to Haftar to help plan an upcoming assault on the extremist-held city of Derna.

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Tension as FG revokes N44.6bn oil block licences of Niger Delta firms

Posted by: Emma Eke

The final withdrawal of oil prospecting licences issued in 2001, 2002 and 2003 for the Utapate Field, 01, 03 and 05 in Delta State, believed to have been won by some indigenous oil firms in the Niger Delta has started generating some controversy, capable of threatening the relative peace in the oil producing region.

But Mr. Sonny Whisky, leader of Niger Delta Business Professionals (NDBP), said his group had been holding irritant youth from breaching the relative peace in the oil producing region over the matter.

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Martial Law Comes to Mindanao

Glimpses of the Philippines’ offensive against militants in Marawi City.

By Jeoffrey Maitem

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law in the southern Philippines in response to a burst of militant activity. Islamic State-linked militants had taken full control of Marawi City in Mindanao.

The military reported that 13 soldiers, two policemen, and 41 militants had been killed so far since the battle to retake Marawi City from the militants started on May 22. Around 45 soldiers were also wounded.

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As Yemen faces famine, U.N. works to avert attack on food port

By Michelle Nichols

A quarter of Yemen’s people are on the brink of famine, parents are marrying off young daughters so someone else can care for them and cholera cases are escalating, U.N. officials warned on Tuesday as they work to avert a Saudi-led attack on a key port.

The United Nations has warned the Arab alliance fighting Iran-aligned Houthis against any attempt to extend the war to Hodeidah, a vital Red Sea aid delivery point where some 80 percent of Yemen’s food imports arrive.

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Yemen facing ‘total collapse’ as fighting continues, UN warns

The United Nation’s top humanitarian co-ordinator has said Yemen is facing “total social, economic and institutional collapse.”

Stephen O’Brien was speaking to the UN Security Council, telling members that “urgent action is required”.

Yemen is in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, with almost seven million people on the brink of famine.

An outbreak of cholera has also killed 500 people, and the UN expects 150,000 cases in the next six months.

Mr O’Brien said the suffering of Yemenis was not a coincidence, or the “result of forces beyond our control” – but rather the fault of those involved and inaction by world powers.

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Many feared dead as ‘Naval officers’ attack police station

Several police officers are feared to have been killed Tuesday night after suspected officials of the Nigerian Navy stormed a police division in Calabar, southern Nigeria.

Witnesses told PREMIUM TIMES the attack, which began shortly after 8:30 p.m., was still underway as at 10:19 p.m. at Akim Divisional Headquarters. “The police station is still burning as we speak,” a horrified witness told PREMIUM TIMES.

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Philippines Terror Attack Threatens ASEAN Maritime Security

By Noel Tarrazona

The unprecedented attack of the ISIS-backed militant group Maute Group in Marawi City in Mindanao, the Philippines, could mark the beginning of a new threat to Southeast Asian maritime security.

The Maute group, also known as the Islamic State of Lanao, is a radical Islamist group composed of former Moro Islamic Liberation Front guerrillas and some foreign fighters led by Abdullah Maute, the alleged founder of a Dawlah Islamiya, or Islamic State based in Lanao del Sur, Mindanao, Philippines.

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The mysterious sale of warships to an ex-Nigerian warlord – and why the UK let it happen


Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo, is not a household name, but he was once among the most wanted men in Nigeria. After playing a leading role in a militant group that bombed oil pipelines and kidnapped employees of international companies in the oil-producing Niger Delta, Tompolo has been linked to attacks and atrocities across the region.

Between 2006-09, attacks perpetrated by Tompolo’s Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) saw oil production in Nigeria cut by a third, with dozens of foreign office workers being taken hostage and killed. Tompolo claims to have changed his ways, but at present he is wanted by the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for charges of money laundering, conspiracy and theft.

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