Military tensions rise in western Libya

The neighboring cities of Libya’s western city Sabratha are witnessing continuous military reinforcements, as rival military groups in the city continue to clash.

Sabratha, located some 70 km west of the capital Tripoli, has been witnessing violent clashes since Sunday morning between rival armed groups that till now have killed 5 and injured 20 people and forced residents to flee their homes. The clashes broke out after a member of armed groups affiliated with the city’s military council was killed by the rival anti-IS operation chamber.

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Duterte tightens the screws on Mindanao extremists

Neighbors on alert to keep Islamic State-linked militants from spilling out

JUN ENDO and TAKASHI NAKANO

MANILA/SINGAPORE As the Philippine military enters the final stretch of its mission to liberate the city of Marawi from Islamist rebels, the challenge for President Rodrigo Duterte is to prevent the violence from spilling beyond the southern island of Mindanao.

Duterte visited battle-worn soldiers for the fourth time on Sept. 11, pledging his continued support for the military’s efforts to retake the city in a conflict that has claimed some 870 lives.

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U.N. seeks to rally foreign backing for new Libyan peace plan

Aidan Lewis

TUNIS (Reuters) – The United Nations is seeking to marshal international support this week for a new push to break a political stalemate in Libya and end the turmoil that followed the country’s 2011 uprising.

The world body’s Libya envoy, Ghassan Salame, is expected to set out an “action plan” on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Wednesday that will propose amending a 2015 peace deal that quickly stalled.

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Source: https://www.reuters.com/

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Philippines: More Abu Sayyaf members surrender in south

Army’s success due to intensified offensives being launched to contain terrorists

By Hader Glang

ZAMBOANGA CITY

Three more members of the Daesh-linked Abu Sayyaf group have surrendered to government troops in the nation’s troubled southern region, bringing the total number to 114, an official said Wednesday.

The militants under slain Abu Sayyaf sub- leader Alhabsy Misaya, blamed by the military for bomb attacks and a string of kidnappings involving foreigners, yielded to troops in Sulu, said Joint Task Force Sulu commander Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana.

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Tunisia Welcomes Haftar, Seeks to Revive Comprehensive Solution Initiative

AlMunji alSaidani

Tunis – The Commander of the Libyan Army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, arrived on Monday in Tunis upon the invitation of President Beji Caid Essebsi, within a Tunisian attempt to revive its initiative of a comprehensive solution to the Libyan crisis.

Haftar’s first official visit to Tunisia follows his participation in the meeting of the African Union (AU) High-Level Committee on Libya, in Brazzaville, Congo.

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Source: https://english.aawsat.com/

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Esscom welcomes opening of sea borders to hunt criminals

The opening of Philippine, Malaysia and Indonesia borders will allow security forces to enter each other’s waters while in hot pursuit of criminal elements.

KOTA KINABALU: The Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) has welcomed the Philippines’ invitation to Malaysia and Indonesia to open each other’s borders in the fight against cross-border criminals and militants.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte last week was reported as saying he would discuss the possibility of creating a task force to combat Islamic State-linked militancy with its two neighbouring nations.

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Of 59 people kidnapped from boats off Sabah, 15 still being held captive

No new abduction cases have been reported since April 17, says a maritime piracy information sharing centre.

KOTA KINABALU: Fifteen people are still being held captive after they were kidnapped from their boats in the waters off Sabah’s east coast, a piracy information sharing centre has revealed.

According to statistics provided by the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia, (ReCAAP), the 15 were from 59 people kidnapped since March 16 last year.

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ISIS Recruits Fighters for the Philippines

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A video released by ISIS asks would-be fighters to go to the Philippines instead of Syria and Iraq, the latest sign that the terror group is shifting its recruiting tactics as it loses ground to coalition forces in the Middle East.

The seven-minute, English-language video, released by the official ISIS media operation late last month, includes messages from several fighters in the Southern Philippines, and scenes from battles with government troops near the city of Marawi, including the pillaging of a Catholic church.

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Abduction in Sabah waters still a concerning issue

Neil Brian Joseph

KOTA KINABALU: The abduction of crew members from ships in the Sulu-Celebes Sea and waters off eastern Sabah is still a concerning issue in the state, despite a decrease in the number of reported cases.

A total of seven incidents (comprising of three actual abductions and four attempts) were reported from January to April 2017. Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Deputy Director Nicholas Teo G B said that most of the cases in Sabah involved tugboats, something that is uncommon in other areas.

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Dusk-to-dawn curfew extended to Sept 27 in ESSZone waters

KOTA KINABALU: The dusk-to-dawn curfew in the waters off seven districts under the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone), which was scheduled to end at 6pm yesterday, has been extended to Sept 27, said Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din.

He said the curfew, from 6pm to 6am, covered the waters off the districts of Tawau, Semporna, Kunak, Lahad Datu, Kinabatangan, Sandakan and Beluran.

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