7 Abu Sayyaf militants captured in Kuala Lumpur

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Malaysian authorities are holding 7 Filipino militants who are members of the notorious jihadist group Abu Sayyaf following their capture in Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia did not release the identities of the militants, but police said their ages are between 22 and 38, who managed to slip into the capital from the eastern state of Sabah near Tawi-Tawi, a province in the Muslim autonomous region in southern Philippines.

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Source: http://mindanaoexaminer.com/

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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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Coast Guard Leaders to Collaborate on Piracy and Pollution

By Noel Tarrazona

Coast Guard officers from over 30 countries agreed to establish inter-regional collaborations to address the rising threats of piracy and marine pollution during the Coast Guard Global Summit held in Tokyo last week.

The U.S., Canada, South Korea, China Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Australia, Turkey, Russia, France, Djibouti, Hong Kong and Japan participated in the summit which was jointly hosted by the Japan Coast Guard and Tokyo-based Nippon Foundation.

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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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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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Iran Is Smuggling Increasingly Potent Weapons Into Yemen, U.S. Admiral Says

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The top American admiral in the Middle East said on Monday that Iran continues to smuggle illicit weapons and technology into Yemen, stoking the civil strife there and enabling Iranian-backed rebels to fire missiles into neighboring Saudi Arabia that are more precise and far-reaching.

Iran has been repeatedly accused of providing arms helping to fuel one side of the war in Yemen, in which rebels from the country’s north, the Houthis, ousted the government from the capital of Sana in 2014.

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Esscom on alert as Philippine military makes final push in Marawi city

The heavy offensive by Philippine security forces that includes airstrikes raises the possibility that militants will flee to the east coast of Sabah.

KOTA KINABALU: The Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) will remain on alert against the heightened risk of militants fleeing to the state as Philippine forces step up efforts to capture the last strongholds of Daesh-affiliated groups in Marawi city, southern Philippines.

The Philippine military is pushing to free the last small sections of the city still under the militants as the fighting enters the final phase.

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Yemen’s Houthi leader says could target Saudi oil tankers if Hodeidah attacked

DUBAI (Reuters) – Yemen’s Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi said on Thursday his group could target Saudi oil tankers should Saudi Arabia attack Yemen’s main port at Hodeidah.

“We could target Saudi oil tankers and we could do anything,” he said.

In a televised speech, the leader also said his group’s ballistic missiles were capable of reaching the United Arab Emirates’ capital of Abu Dhabi and anywhere inside Saudi Arabia.

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