North Korea ‘ready to sink’ US aircraft carrier Vinson

North Korea is “ready to sink” a US aircraft carrier heading for the peninsula, state media have said.

A commentary in the Rodong Sinmun newspaper warned that the USS Carl Vinson could be sunk “with a single strike”.

A battle group headed by the Vinson is expected off the peninsula this week.

It was despatched by President Donald Trump amid a warning that US “strategic patience” over the North’s nuclear ambitions had come to an end.

Tension also rose after a recent failed missile test by the North and a massive military parade showing off its latest hardware.

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Piracy: Navy intensifies patrol as Frenchship visits

Posted By: Precious Igbonwelundu

To check pirates from entering Lagos waters, the Western Naval Command (WNC) has intensified patrol of its waterways.

Flag Officer Commanding  (FOC) Western Naval Command  (WNC), Rear Admiral Fergusson Bobai stated this at the command’s headquarters in Apapa when the French Naval Ship, Commandant L’HERMINIER visited Lagos.

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Somali elections: Mogadishu traffic ban ahead of presidential vote

A traffic ban has been imposed and major roads sealed off in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, ahead of a presidential vote.

MPs will gather at the airport to elect a new head of state.

On Tuesday evening, suspected Al-Shabab militants launched a series of attacks, with two mortar rounds fired close to the venue where the vote will be held.

Residents in Arbacow village outside Mogadishu say jihadists attacked an African Union military base there.

More than 20 candidates are vying to become Somali president, with the top three proceeding to a second round of voting and the top two from that round going forward to a third and final vote.

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Libya says will declare force majeure at two ports over smuggling

Libya’s UN-backed government will declare force majeure on two ports to stop fuel smuggling from them, a statement from its presidential council said on Saturday.

The statement gave no details on when the measure would come into effect, but it comes after officials accused a local armed group of fuel smuggling from Zawiya port. The measure will cover Zawiya and Zuwara ports.

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Somalia: Peacekeeper Plans In Peril

The current plan is for all peacekeepers to be gone by the end of 2018. Right now most (nearly 70 percent) of the government forces are UN peacekeepers contributed by AU (African Union) members. The AU would like to get another 4,000 troops before then to crush the few thousand remaining al Shabaab and ISIL fighters and make it possible for the Somali Army (currently 11,000 troops) to take over. The AU is unlikely to muster another 4,000 troops for six months duty and it appears that Somalia will slide back into anarchy after 2018. At the moment the peacekeeper force cannot even maintain its authorized strength of 22,000.

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MAST Intelligence: Reporting and analysis on recent incidents of piracy and terrorism in the HRA

The events of October 2016 suggest that the HRA is becoming a more dangerous place than hitherto as the security framework, which has served commercial shipping so well up to now, is at the risk of being undermined by the breakdown of regional security in some of the States bordering the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.

This report reviews and analyses the incidents in light of the recent UN Security Council report on piracy in Somalia.

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Intelligence Report: Somali pirate approach on MV 22Oct16

On the 22nd October, an MV reported being approached by a single blue open hulled skiff type vessel with 5 or 6 persons on board, in the HRA approximately 300 nm off Hobyo, Mudug, Somalia.  It is understood the MV’s embarked armed security team fired warning shots when the skiff was at 350m and that the occupants of the skiff returned fire before moving away.

Assuming that the reported vessel was a standard Somali skiff, it would have been powered by an outboard motor. Even with plenty of spare fuel drums, it is unlikely that such a vessel can operate more than 150 miles offshore without a mother vessel in support. It is therefore likely that this was part of a Somali Pirate Action Group.

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Somalia lifts controversial ban on Kenyan khat

Although banned in a number of countries, khat remains a feature of life in Somalia. 

Mogadishu – Somalia on Tuesday agreed to lift a week-old ban on imports of Kenyan khat after a storm of controversy from angry growers of the leafy narcotic in neighbouring Kenya.

The decision was made on the margins of a historic one-day summit in the Somali capital, which was hosting a top-level African gathering for the first time in more than four decades.

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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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