6 Alleged Somali Pirates in Yemen jail since 2009 Plead for Help

6 alleged Somali pirates who are currently jailed inside a prison at the Yemen capital, San’a plead for help from the Federal government of Somalia, the group said in an interview with Horn Observer.

Yemen navy arrested the alleged pirates off the coast of Yemen in 2009 where they were later arrested at a prison in Mukala. Later Yemen court sentenced them to death and were transferred to San’a, the capital, before the Houthis rebels took over the city.

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Nine killed in fighting between different branches of Somali government forces: police

Abdi Sheikh, Feisal Omar

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Fighting between the military and police backed by intelligence forces killed nine people in the Somali capital on Saturday, police said.

“It seems they mistook the Somali national army for (clan) militias. The death toll is nine people including a civilian,” Major Abdullahi Hussein, a police officer, told Reuters.

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US air strikes ‘kill’ militants in Somalia

The US has killed six members of militant Islamist group al-Shabab in three air strikes in southern Somalia, the US Africa Command has said.

The operation was carried under new powers given to US forces by President Donald Trump in March, allowing for “lethal action” against the al-Qaeda affiliate.

Mr Trump designated some areas of Somalia as active war zones, meaning US forces required less high-level vetting to carry out strikes against the militants, US-based Newsweek magazine reported.

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India stakes claim on ‘killer’ Italian marines

Neeraj Chauha

NEW DELHI: Not keen to let off the Italian marines, the government has recently informed the the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague that “India has jurisdiction over the Italian marines – Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone who had committed murder aboard the Indian fishing vessel St Antony at Kollam, Kerala, within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of India”.

According to top government sources, a detailed counter-memorial in response to Italy’s memorial filed on September 30, 2016 has been filed before the arbitral tribunal constituted under Annexure VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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60 more Somali pirates convicted, to be deported

Rebecca Samervel

Mumbai: A special court on Friday convicted 60 Somali pirates who were caught in Indian waters in 2011. The case was abated against one accused who died during trial. Special judge Jayendra C Jagdale sentenced the accused to seven years’ imprisonment on charges of attempt to murder and kidnapping.

It’s the fourth and last conviction of Somali pirates in custody in the city over the last month; 119 pirates have been convicted so far.

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CMF: Guidance on Maritime Security Transit Corridor

The following information from the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) relates to transits through the Gulf of Aden, Bab Al Mandeb (BaM), Southern Red Sea, and associated waters.  It does not replace any previous guidance.

Recent attacks against merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Bab Al Mandeb have highlighted the risks associated with transiting these waters.  The multiple types of risks and the broad expanse of ocean on which these attacks can occur dictate that Naval Forces must be used in the most efficient manner possible.  To assist in this, CMF is establishing a Maritime Security Transit Corridor (MSTC).

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African states don’t prioritise maritime security – here’s why they should

Dirk Siebels, University of Greenwich

Piracy off the African coastline has been a headline grabbing phenomenon for more than a decade. For a few years though, Somali pirates appeared to have a quiet spell. Then, recently they had their first successful attack against a merchant vessel since 2012.

Other attacks followed, including one in April that was foiled by Chinese and Indian navies.

On the other side of the continent, attacks against ships in the Gulf of Guinea remain a concern for shipping companies, particularly off the coast of Nigeria.

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Somalia seeks US help over ‘al-Shabab uranium mining’

Tomi Oladipo, BBC Monitoring’s Africa security correspondent

Somali’s government has made a startling request for “immediate military assistance” to prevent Islamist militants al-Shabab from supplying uranium to Iran.

In a letter, Foreign Minister Yusuf Garaad says the militants have captured a region with uranium deposits and have been strip mining the components.

Somalia is said to have the potential for uranium, according to past findings by the International Atomic Energy Agency, but this has not been developed.

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U.S. troops risk inflaming clan conflict after deadly Somalia raid

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A raid involving U.S. troops in Somalia has caused a rift between the precarious U.S.-backed government and a powerful clan that says innocent farmers were massacred, months after President Donald Trump approved stepped-up operations there.

The U.S. Africa command, Africom, has acknowledged that U.S. forces participated in a ground operation in support of Somali troops in the village of Bariire last week, and says it is investigating reports of civilian deaths.

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