Somali Forces, Backed By U.S. Raid Al Shabaab Base

AS claims to have killed one American soldier during the fight near the crucial port town. 

Somali commandos backed by U.S. and KDF forces have launched a raid on Al Shabaab camp near the southern port city of Kismayo on Wednesday.

Confirming the attack, a witness who did not want to be named said the joint forces raided Abdalla Boroole, an Al shabaab base, 40Km west of Kismayo city.

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Source: allafrica.com

U.S. Airstrikes Hit ISIL Targets in Libya

Department of Defense releases news on air strikes in Libya.

U.S. Africa Command officials today announced results of precision airstrikes conducted Aug. 16, against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets in Sirte, Libya.

Africom is conducting the strikes at the request of, and in coordination with, the Libyan Government of National Accord, officials said.

The following targets were struck by U.S. forces:

— Seven enemy fighting positions.

— Four vehicle-borne bombs.

— One pickup truck with a mounted recoilless rifle.

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Houthi militias cut off last supply route to Taiz

Despite gains against al Qaeda, Houthi resistance is still causing issues.

Houthi militias and forces loyal to ousted former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh have cut the last supply routes on Tuesday between major cities Aden and Taiz.

The news comes more than two weeks after a UN report said that the Houthis had concealed fighters and equipment in or close to civilians in Al Mukha in the Taiz Governorate “with the deliberate aim of avoiding attack” and in violation of international humanitarian law.

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Nigeria: Navy Unveils 30 Made-in-Nigeria Gunboats

New capacity should enhance security on waterways. 

The Nigerian Navy on Wednesday in Lagos inaugurated 39 gun boats and 45 operational vehicles to assist the fight against criminalities in parts of the country.

Thirty of the boats were built in Nigeria.

At the inauguration, Minister of State for Defence, Mohammad Dan-Ali, said the gun boats were fitted with appropriate weapons and anti-ballistic protection to enhance optimal efficiency.

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Hundreds of Merchant Ships Continue to Visit Crimea

Ships disabling AIS in the hopes of avoiding detection.

The investigative consortium Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) says that two years after Russian forces occupied the Crimean peninsula, and long after the introduction of measures to block trade with the breakaway state, hundreds of commercial vessels continue to call at Sevastopol and other Crimean ports.

While Ukraine has enacted regulations intended to close the ports within what it still claims as its own territory, OCCRP says that a lack of enforcement contributes to the continued traffic: Ukraine has not yet prosecuted a vessel owner or a captain for a transgression, though it has detained one vessel and it is investigating other cases.

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2nd Indonesian sailor found after fleeing Abu Sayyaf

Hours after tugboat crewman found in fishing nets in Philippines south, captain found walking along road.

By Hader Glang & Ainur Rohmah

Government troops have found another Indonesian kidnap victim, after he escaped his Daesh-affiliated captors with a previously discovered shipmate as they threatened to behead the two men.

Major Filemon Tan Jr., spokesman of the military’s Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom), told reporters Thursday that the captain of a vessel seized by the Abu Sayyaf in June was found walking along a road Wednesday in the troubled Philippines island province of Sulu in the Muslim south.

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Indonesia, Malaysia searching for missing oil tanker

Admiral Irawan said that the tanker operated by PT Vierlines has not been hijacked, but it has been likely taken over by its own crew in a dispute with the management of the company.

JAKARTA, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) — Maritime authorities from Indonesia and Malaysia continue searching for a missing Malaysian fuel tanker, which was previously reported to be hijacked after it left a port in the country, Indonesian navy said here on Wednesday.

The captain of MT Vier Harmoni tanker contacted his agent at 12:00 a.m. local time Wednesday, but did not tell the position of the vessel, commander of the Indonesia’s western naval command Admiral S. Irawan said.

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Live Animal Export: At risk from pirates

Dr Lynn Simpson continues her series on the livestock trades by looking at the risks posed by piracy.

Call me picky, but I hate pirates. They don’t look like Johnny Depp and they are not loveable rogues. They are violent, armed and drugged criminals. They scare the crap out of me!

Traversing through the Internationally Recognized Transit Corridor (IRTC), which runs between Somalia and Yemen has been my greatest area of pirate concern.

Seafarers behave differently there. Regardless of bravado displayed, all are worried.

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Iran to Make Enemies Regret Any Naval Aggression: Commander

Iran has threatened the security of the Strait of Hormuz in recent weeks and regularly indulges in sabre-rattling posturing.

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari warned the enemies of the country’s crushing response to any threat.

Speaking to reporters in the northern city of Rasht on Wednesday, the top commander said Iran’s naval forces are vigilantly protecting the country’s maritime borders against threats and will make the enemies regret any hostile move against the Islamic Republic.

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Malaysia oil tanker ‘not hijacked’ despite earlier reports

Earlier reports suggested vessel had been taken by pirates. 

A Malaysian oil tanker has not been hijacked as earlier reported, but taken to Indonesia by its own crew, officials in both countries say.

The MT Vier Harmoni, carrying 900,000 litres of diesel, is being searched in Batam Island, Indonesia.

Indonesian Navy spokesman Edi Sucipto said the confusion was due to an “internal management problem”. Malaysia also said it was an “internal dispute”.

The tanker was reported missing off Kunatan port, Malaysia, on Monday.

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