Indonesian militants can ‘easily’ enter Philippines

Haeril Halim

The discovery of an Indonesian passport by local authorities during a recent terrorism crackdown in the southern Philippines has raised concerns about intensifying coordination between Indonesian militants and the Abu Sayyaf group, the leading pro-Islamic State (IS) group in the region.

With resources to guard border areas limited, militants can easily enter Abu Sayyaf’s territory in the Philippines.

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Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/

Will Libya’s Production Rebound As Its Largest Oil Field Re-Opens?

By Tsvetana Paraskova

Libya’s biggest oil field, Sharara, which has been offline for most of the past month, is set to reopen after the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) reached an agreement with protesters who have repeatedly shut down the pipelines that pump oil into the field, according to PFG chief, Brigadier General Idriss Abu Khamada.

The deal that the PFG has reached will lead to the reopening of the Sharara field, which produces 200,000 bpd, according to Khamada.

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Abu Sayyaf threat in Bohol ‘contained’- AFP

MANILA – The military on Tuesday said it has contained the terror threat in Bohol as government forces are pursuing just two more members of bandit group Abu Sayyaf following recent clashes at the popular tourist destination.

In a Palace briefing, AFP Spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla said it was only a matter of time before government troops neutralize two of the remaining Abu Sayyaf bandits who recently attacked Bohol.

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Source: http://philippinenews.com/

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Pirates of the Indian ocean

Two weeks back, an Indian cargo ship was hijacked by Somali pirates. After years of calm in the Indian Ocean, there has been a wave of piracy attacks in the past two months. Has piracy made a comeback?

Seas not safe

There were hundreds of attacks from 2008 to 2012. In 2011 alone there were 237 attacks. They declined steeply after ship owners improved security measures and international naval forces stepped up patrols, according to Reuters.

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Source: http://www.newindianexpress.com/

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Emirati soldier killed chasing Iranian ship

By Naseh Shaker

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced on Tuesday that one of its soldiers was killed “during a mission inside the country.”

The official state news agency (WAM) quoted the General Command of the Armed Forces announced the death of one of its soldiers, Sergeant Abdullah Mohammed Issa Al-Hammadi, during a mission within the state.

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Source: https://www.almasdarnews.com/

Libya’s warring sides reach diplomatic breakthrough in Rome

Compromise is brokered between presidents of house of representatives and state council after years of fighting

Diplomatic editor

Rome has brokered a diplomatic breakthrough in Libya that has the potential to bring the two main warring sides together in a new political agreement after years of division, fighting and economic misery.

The scale of the breakthrough will be tested later this week, but Italy is hailing a compromise brokered between the presidents of the house of representatives, Ageela Saleh, and the state council, Abdulrahman Sewehli.

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UAE soldier ‘dies after confrontation with Iranian ship’

A UAE source has said that an Emirati soldier was “martyred after an Iranian boat entered Emirati territory.”

A statement released by the UAE’s official news agency Wam said: “The General Command of the Armed Forces has announced the martyrdom of a serviceman, Sgt. Abdullah Mohammed Issa Al Hammadi, while carrying out a mission inside the country.”

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Source: https://english.alarabiya.net/

Bullets fly as piracy incidents mount

Several recent incidents show that Somali pirates are active again and are showing no hesitation in firing on merchant vessels.

EU NAVFOR reports that late on Saturday evening, during a European Union counter-piracy patrol close to the east coast of Somalia, EU NAVFOR’s Spanish flagship, ESPS Galicia, received a SOS distress call from the master of merchant ship, MT Costina, to say that his vessel was being attacked by a number of armed pirates in a fast-moving skiff.

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Somali ‘pirates’ want to be deported

Lodged in Taloja jail since capture in 2011, they say can’t digest jail food here.

Written by Sadaf Modak

FIFTEEN SOMALI men who had accepted a voluntary plea of guilt in a piracy case submitted before the court Monday that they should be deported back to their country. The court was recording their statements under section 313 of the Criminal Procedure Code. Under the provision, the accused is specifically asked about incriminating evidence against him and is given an opportunity to speak.

On Monday, Ahmed Mohammed, the first secretary to the Embassy of Somalia in New Delhi, acted as interpreter to the men and explained the process along with advocate Vishwajeet Singh to the 15 men brought from Taloja prison.

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Buhari pledges to rid Nigerian waters of pirates

President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian government to rid the nation’s waters of pirates and their nefarious activities.

Mr. Buhari made this known at a workshop organised by the Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA) for the Heads of Maritime Administrations.

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Source: http://www.premiumtimesng.com/