NATO to help build security institutions in Libya: Stoltenberg

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday said a team of NATO experts would help the Libyan government build defence and security institutions.

Mr. Stoltenberg made the remarks after meeting with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj at NATO headquarters in Brussels. He said NATO was engaged in preparing a programme to help build defence institutions in Libya in 2011, but added that, “the security situation made it impossible to continue.”

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Nigeria’s Crude Oil Exports to Surpass One-year High in August

Ejiofor Alike with agency report

Nigeria’s crude oil exports are set to surpass two million barrels per day (bpd) in August, the highest in 17 months, as the country’s oil and gas industry nears a full recovery from attacks by the Niger Delta militants that crippled production in 2016.

It is expected that if the ramp-up in Nigeria’s production is sustained, it will put further pressure on efforts by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to trim output in support of oil prices.

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Somalia: Jubbaland Leader Accused of Arming Al-Shabaab

Mohamed Ali Yusuf, a lawmaker who was forced out of Jubbaland parliament has accused the state’s President Ahmed Madobe of sending arms to the Al Qaeda-linked Al shabaab group.

Speaking at a press conference in Mogadishu on Wednesday, Yusuf said Madobe provided Al shabaab with heavy and light arms which is fuelling the flames in a country already burning.

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Libya’s increased oil production thwarts OPEC’s reduction plans

By Clifford Krauss / The New York Times

HOUSTON — The price of oil keeps sinking, and there is no shortage of reasons. American oil companies are producing too much petroleum. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has not cut production enough. Motorists around the globe are not driving enough to shrink crude and gasoline inventories as quickly as expected.

But the biggest wild card in the equation — one that could tip prices at the pump from one day to the next — is oil-rich Libya, among the most unstable countries in North Africa. Contrary to the predictions of almost all experts, Libya’s production has climbed a wall of crisis in recent months to 885,000 barrels a day last week, roughly triple its production of only a year ago.

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At least 10 killed by car bomb in Mogadishu claimed by Somalia’s al Shabaab

By Feisal Omar and Abdirahman Hussein | NAIROBI

At least 10 people were killed on Tuesday in a car bomb attack on a government building in the Somali capital of Mogadishu that was claimed by Islamist insurgents, a government official said.

Al Shabaab frequently launches attacks in Mogadishu and other areas controlled by Somalia’s federal government. It wants to force out African Union peacekeepers, topple the Western-backed government and impose its strict version of Islam.

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Houthi missile strike on Coalition warship off Mokha

On the 14th June, a UAE coalition warship was hit by a missile as it left Mokha port in the Yemen southern Red Sea. The attack was claimed by the Houthi rebels and it has since been reported by the coalition that there was minimal damage to the ship and that one crew member was injured.

Video footage released by Houthi media shows the attack occurred during hours of darkness and that there was a significant explosion on the warship.

Houthi rebels successfully hit UAE supply ship HSV-2 Swift in October 2016 and targeted US warships repeatedly. In response, the US destroyed a number of fixed radar stations ashore, thought to have been used for target identification. The successful attack on the 14th June demonstrates that the Houthi’s retain the capability to accurately launch missiles from shore to sea. It should be noted that all missile attacks to date during the Yemen civil war have been directed at military targets, not commercial vessels. However, the risk of mistargeting or collateral damage remains.

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Somalia: Suicide car bomber targets Mogadishu restaurant

A combined suicide bomb and gun attack at two restaurants in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, has killed at least 20 people.

The attack started on Wednesday evening as Muslims were breaking their daily fast during Ramadan.

A Syrian chef at the Pizza House restaurant, a modern venue popular with young Somalis, was among the victims.

Militants from the al-Shabab group held hostages during a shoot-out with police, which has now ended.

All five attackers are said to have been killed.

The al-Qaeda affiliated group admitted carrying out the attack.

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Puntland’s Problems

It’s Not Just Al Shabab That Threatens the Region’s Stability


On June 8, the Somalian terrorist group al Shabab overran a military base in Puntland’s town of Af Urur, killing between 38 and 61 soldiers (with the government of Puntland reporting the lower number and al Shabab the higher, as is often the case) and injuring others. The assault came days after the government of Puntland, in Somalia’s northeast, sentenced members of al Shabab to death. The militants had been captured on April 26 as they tried to carry out a large bomb attack in Bosaso, Puntland’s key commercial hub and a crucial port in the region.

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How ISIS Grew in the Philippines

While President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines was bragging about his brutal war on drugs, the Islamic State was consolidating its sway over Islamist rebel groups on the island of Mindanao. The extent to which ISIS has succeeded is now alarmingly evident, as a pitched battle between Philippine troops and Islamist militants for control of the largely Muslim city of Marawi enters its fourth week.

With the presence of foreign fighters, including Malaysians and Indonesians, who are working alongside militant leaders with strong ties to ISIS, Mr. Duterte has a serious problem on his hands that threatens the security of the entire region.

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