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  • China military to set up first overseas base in Horn of Africa

    03/31/2016 6:44:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    CNBC ^ | 3/31/2016 | Katrina Manson
    <p>China is set to install "a few thousand" troops and staff at its first ever overseas military base, the first permanent overseas deployment by Chinese armed forces.</p> <p>The new naval facility will sit in the same city as America's own sprawling African military headquarters in Djibouti, the Horn of Africa country where the US has a 4,500-strong base running counter-terrorism operations across the region. Japan, which also has its only overseas military base in Djibouti, already faces a tense stand-off with China over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.</p>
  • South Sudan's President Undermines Peace Deal

    01/27/2016 2:00:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | January 27, 2016 | Aistin Bay
    South Sudan's civil war began on the night of December 15, 2013, when a firefight erupted between soldiers serving in the presidential garrison in the capital city, Juba. "Between" is an important word. The battle pitted soldiers from the Dinka tribe (largest in South Sudan) against soldiers in the Nuer tribe (second largest). The government, led by president Salva Kiir, a Dinka, and the rebels, led by Riek Machar, a Nuer, agreed to their first ceasefire on December 31. Fire and combat, however, never ceased. Instead, it spread. Every ceasefire and peace declaration since has failed to hold. Poor communication...
  • Hillary Clinton’s clarity on threats in North Africa (refutes Obama inaugural, endorses preemption)

    01/25/2013 9:38:26 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 24, 2013 | WaPo Editorial Board
    “LET ME underscore the importance of the United States continuing to lead in the Middle East, North Africa and around the world,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday in testimony to Congress. “When America is absent, especially from unstable environments, there are consequences. Extremism takes root, our interests suffer and our security at home is threatened.” The outgoing secretary’s statements were particularly striking when compared with President Obama’s inaugural address Monday, which promised to end “a decade of war” in favor of nation-building at home, and with the White House’s current approach to Mali. ...White House policymakers argue...
  • Army general fired over charges of alcohol and sexual misconduct as..."

    04/05/2013 5:47:59 PM PDT · by LucyT · 23 replies
    DailyMail UK ^ | April 5, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Full Title: Army general fired over charges of alcohol and sexual misconduct as military cleans out corruption in its African Command An Army major general with the U.S. Africa Command has been relieved of his post in connection with alcohol and sexual misconduct charges, defense officials said. Officials said Maj. Gen. Ralph Baker, commander of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, was fired from his command last Thursday, and he was fined a portion of his pay by Gen. Carter Ham, head of U.S. Africa Command, after an administrative hearing and review. The officials said Thursday that Ham lost...
  • Baker relieved of duties as Task Force-Horn of Africa commander

    04/04/2013 10:16:45 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 8 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 4 2013 | By Megan McCloskey
    The commander of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa has been fired for misconduct. Army Maj. Gen. Ralph Baker was relieved of his duties on March 28, according to U.S. Africa Command spokesman Benjamin Benson. Gen. Carter Ham, AFRICOM commander, lost confidence in Baker's ability to lead, but the command isn't releasing any further details at this time because the alleged misconduct is being appealed, Benson said. "The allegations remain under adjudication, so it would be inappropriate to comment at this time," he said. Baker assumed command less than a year ago last May. This incident follows on the...
  • Baker relieved of duties as Task Force-Horn of Africa commander

    04/04/2013 4:51:37 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 12 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | April 4, 2013 | Megan McCloskey
    The commander of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa has been fired for misconduct. Army Maj. Gen. Ralph Baker was relieved of his duties on March 28, according to U.S. Africa Command spokesman Benjamin Benson. Gen. Carter Ham, AFRICOM commander, lost confidence in Baker's ability to lead, but the command isn't releasing any further details at this time because the alleged misconduct is being appealed, Benson said.
  • U.S. Military Builds Up Its Presence In Africa

    12/29/2012 12:07:06 PM PST · by neverdem · 41 replies
    Georgia Public Broadcasting ^ | December 26, 2012 | Tom Bowman
    Gen. Carter Ham is head of the U.S. African command. An Army brigade from Fort Riley, Kan., will begin helping train African militaries beat back a growing terrorist threat posed by al-Qaida. An Army brigade from Fort Riley, Kan., some 4,000, soldiers, will begin helping to train African militaries. The idea is to help African troops beat back a growing terrorist threat posed by al-Qaida. The American troops will head over in small teams over the course of the next year. The Dagger Brigade returned to Kansas last year from a deployment to Iraq, where it trained and advised that...
  • Stark Evidence of US, British Naval Decline

    01/07/2013 1:09:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 6, 2013 | James G. Wiles
    Is it actually possible that, as you read this, the United States Navy has only one supercarrier battle group at sea? Read on - and be amazed. Look no farther than these two news items, both from today's Sunday Times of London, to see the effect of two decades of shrinkage in the size of the United States Navy and the retreat of the Royal Navy from the high seas: • For the first time in two centuries, British businessmen and others have formed a private navy to protect shipping off the pirate-ridden coast of Somali on the Horn of...
  • For Susan Rice Benghazi Was Kenya 1998 Deja Vu - Embassies Bombed, Americans Died

    12/01/2012 11:13:54 AM PST · by raptor22 · 4 replies
    Parallels: A mission was attacked after warnings, Americans were killed after security requests were denied, and a diplomat went on TV to explain it all — our current U.N. ambassador, after embassy bombings in 1998. 'What troubles me so much is the Benghazi attack in many ways echoes the attacks on both embassies in 1998, when Susan Rice was head of the African region for our State Department," Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Wednesday after two hours with our U.N. ambassador. "In both cases, the ambassador begged for additional security." In both cases, Susan Rice was involved more than she...

    07/10/2009 10:20:41 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies · 1,063+ views
    Afghanistan’s Taliban movement turned their attention to the U.S. role in Somalia and elsewhere in Africa in an article published in the latest issue of the Taliban’s Arabic-language magazine, al-Sumud (Media Center of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan-Taliban, June 27). The article, entitled “Somalia: Next Target for the Global Tyrant, the United States of America,” focused on the alleged neo-colonial ambitions of the United States, especially in respect to the consolidation and exploitation of African energy resources. The author, using the name Anwar, maintains that God provided Muslims ample blessings in the form of natural resources, but Muslim inattentiveness and...
  • For Somali Women, Pain of Being a Spoil of War

    12/29/2011 9:32:55 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    ny times ^ | December 27, 2011 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
    The girl’s voice dropped to a hush as she remembered the bright, sunny afternoon when she stepped out of her hut and saw her best friend buried in the sand, up to her neck. Her friend had made the mistake of refusing to marry a Shabab commander. Now she was about to get her head bashed in, rock by rock. “You’re next,” the Shabab warned the girl, a frail 17-year-old who was living with her brother in a squalid refugee camp. Several months later, the men came back. Five militants burst into her hut, pinned her down and gang-raped her,...
  • Somali Pirates Capture 4 Americans.

    02/18/2011 7:06:25 PM PST · by Stayfrosty · 73 replies
    FOXNews ^ | 2-18-2011 | NA
    UNITED NATIONS -- Somalia's U.N. Mission said Friday that pirates hijacked a yacht carrying four U.S. citizens in the Indian Ocean off the Somali coast.
  • Iran Deploys Troops, Ballistic Missiles To Eritrea

    12/09/2008 10:40:57 AM PST · by Fennie · 65 replies · 3,323+ views
    The Cutting Edge ^ | December 8, 2008
    Iranian ships and submarines have deployed an undisclosed number of Iranian troops and weapons at the Eritrean port town of Assab, according to opposition groups, foreign diplomats, and NGOs in the area. The city of Assab sits at the Horn of Africa in the Arabian Sea. As such, Assab offers a strategic position as the world nervously eyes the precarious routes through which a seaborne oil traverses daily. Local sources have reported that Iran recently sent soldiers and a large number of long-range and ballistic missiles. The military basing came after Iran signed an accord with Eritrea to revamp the...
  • U.S. Turns Horn of Africa Into a Military Hub

    11/16/2002 11:08:16 AM PST · by sarcasm · 4 replies · 152+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 17, 2002 | MICHAEL R. GORDON
    JIBOUTI, Nov. 16 — For the first time since American troops withdrew from Somalia after a bloody firefight in the streets of Mogadishu, the United States military is rebuilding its combat power in the horn of Africa. The main goal this time is to put American forces in position to strike cells of Al Qaeda in Yemen or East Africa. But the Pentagon has also begun to use Djibouti to train its forces in desert warfare — skills that could be applied in Washington's campaign against terrorist groups or on the battlefields of Iraq. "We are getting heavy weapons ashore...
  • Alan Johnson bans Somali 'terrorist' group Al-Shabaab

    03/01/2010 8:34:40 PM PST · by Cindy · 2 replies · 352+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | Page last updated at 12:57 GMT, Monday, 1 March 2010 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "The home secretary is to designate the Somalia-based group Al-Shabaab as a terrorist organisation and ban its operation in the UK. The Home Office says the group is committed to violence, deploys terror tactics and has been implicated in attacks on Somali citizens." SNIPPET: "In a statement released in February, the group said that the "jihad of Horn of Africa must be combined with the international jihad led by the al-Qaeda network". Recently, Mr Johnson has also banned Islam4UK, the group run by al-Muhajiroun founder Anjem Choudary, and which had threatened to march through Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire."
  • Somali Pirates Open Up a "Stock Exchange"

    12/02/2009 12:45:35 AM PST · by newbie2008 · 13 replies · 1,182+ views
    reginaldo writes to clue us that pirates in Somalia have opened up a cooperative in Haradheere, where investors can pay money or guns to help their favorite pirate crew for a share of the piracy profits. "'Four months ago, during the monsoon rains, we decided to set up this stock exchange. We started with 15 "maritime companies" and now we are hosting 72. Ten of them have so far been successful at hijacking,' Mohammed [a wealthy former pirate who took a Reuters reporter to the facility] said. ... Piracy investor Sahra Ibrahim, a 22-year-old divorcee, was lined up with others...
  • Al Qaeda names Fazul Mohammed East African commander

    11/11/2009 10:35:21 PM PST · by Cindy · 19 replies · 1,141+ views
    LONG WAR ^ | November 11, 2009 9:58 AM | Bill Roggio
    SNIPPET: "An al Qaeda leader wanted by the US for a string of deadly attacks has been named the new leader of terror group's network in East Africa. Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, one of several al Qaeda leaders charged with carrying out the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, was appointed the leader of al Qaeda in the Horn of Africa. Fazul was "inaugurated" during an open ceremony in the southern city of Kismayo, according to a translation received by The Long War Journal of an article posted Waaga Cusub, a website operated by the Hawiye clan,...
  • Clinton threatens Eritrea action (Hawkish Hillary)

    08/06/2009 8:19:17 PM PDT · by csvset · 9 replies · 604+ views
    BBC ^ | 6 aug 2009 | BBC
    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned that the US will "take action" against Eritrea if it does not stop supporting militants in Somalia. She said after talks with Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, that Eritrea's actions were "unacceptable". She also said the US would expand support for Somalia's unity government. Eritrea denies supporting Somalia's al-Shabab militants, who are trying to overthrow Somalia's government. Al-Shabab is growing in strength and 250,000 Somalis have fled their homes in fighting between militants and government forces over the past three months.
  • Rep. Ellison says U.S. trying to ensure safe return of missing Somalis (Terrorist)

    07/18/2009 8:35:24 AM PDT · by markedmannerf · 80 replies · 3,551+ views
    Minnesota Public Radio ^ | 07/18/09 | Laura Yuen
    St. Paul, Minn. — Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison said the U.S. government is trying to ensure the safe return of some of the young Somali-American men believed to be fighting with a terrorist group in their homeland. Ellison said he has been included in classified briefings about efforts to bring the missing men back to the Twin Cities. At least four Somali-American men from Minnesota who left to fight in the Horn of Africa have died there in recent months. One of youngest, a skinny teenager from Minneapolis named Burhan Hassan, was trying to leave the fighting and make his...
  • Puerto Rico National Guard to Send 400 Troops to Africa

    07/08/2009 6:22:47 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 7 replies · 530+ views
    El Vocero de Puerto Rico (Spanish-language article) ^ | July 8, 2009 | Yamilet Millán Rodríguez
    (English-language translation) Over 400 Puerto Rico National Guard troops left yesterday for Fort Lewis in Washington, where they will receive training to accomplish their mission in the Horn of Africa. Puerto Rico National Guard Adjutant General Antonio J. Vicéns said that, following the month-long training, the 65th Infantry Battalion will head to Africa to support a security mission. "This is the first 65th Infantry Battalion of National Guardsmen from all states that will perform a mission in the Horn of Africa," Vicéns stated. The soldiers departed in the morning from Luis Muñoz Marín Airport, where Vicéns and their relatives bid...
  • Report: Eritrea supplying arms to Somali jihadists

    05/16/2009 1:00:22 PM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies · 699+ views
    (BBC NEWS) via JIHAD ^ | Posted by Marisol at May 16, 2009 11:42 AM | n/a
    May 16, 2009 SNIPPET: "There have been a number of reports of foreign fighters, with possible links to al-Qaeda, fighting alongside hardline Islamists of al-Shabaab and Hisbul-Islam, said Mr Carson, the US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. "We're extremely worried about the reports." "There seem to be fairly serious and creditable reports that al Shabaab does have, amongst its fighters, a number of individuals of South Asian and Chechen origin," said Mr Carson. "This is a very disturbing situation and reflects the seriousness of the problem in Somalia." Mr Carson also expressed concern about flights from Eritrea were...
  • U.S. ships must post guards if sailing off Somalia

    05/12/2009 9:46:18 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 13 replies · 682+ views
    Yahoo / Reuters ^ | 5/12/2009 | Jane Sutton
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (Reuters) – The U.S. Coast Guard will require U.S.-flagged ships sailing around the Horn of Africa to post guards and ship owners to submit anti-piracy security plans for approval, a Coast Guard official said on Tuesday. The new requirements, which respond to a surge of piracy off the coast of Somalia, allow ship owners to decide whether to use armed or unarmed guards, Coast Guard Rear Admiral James Watson told shipping industry representatives at a maritime security meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The revised Maritime Security Directive, highly anticipated by the shipping industry, was signed on Monday...
  • Convoys Are an Answer to Piracy. The same tactic that defeated the German U-boats could work today.

    04/14/2009 4:08:14 AM PDT · by Scanian · 14 replies · 786+ views
    The Wall Streeet Journal ^ | April 14, 2009 | Peter D. Zimmerman
    Piracy never really disappeared; it plagues maritime commerce as much today as it did in the Caribbean in the 18th century and on the Barbary Coast in the 19th century. But until recently, modern-day pirates mostly rustled some cargo and let their captives continue, leaving the crew unharmed. That's changed. Pirates in the waters off Somalia, and from the Gulf of Aden to south of the equator, are no longer simply interested in seizing ships and cargo. Now they are out for the multimillion dollar ransoms paid by ship operators to rescue their crews. They've come up with a good...
  • Face of Defense: Guardsman Hopes to Make Difference in Africa

    04/13/2009 4:18:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 194+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Tech. Sgt. Kati Garcia, USAF
    CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti, April 13, 2009 – For U.S. Africa Command’s new deputy director of operations and logistics, the words “I can’t do it” won’t cut it. Not from his soldiers, not from the people he serves with, and certainly not from himself. And this Army National Guardsman, Brig. Gen. Roosevelt “Rose” Barfield, knows what it means to be able to “do it.” Barfield was encouraged by a friend to enlist in the Army National Guard fresh out of high school at the age of 17. He served for five years as a soldier in the Kansas Guard while...
  • Combating Terrorism in the Horn of Africa and Yemen Report, Program on Intrastate Conflict

    04/11/2009 10:58:12 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 4 replies · 339+ views
    Report for Program on Intrastate Conflict, Belfer Center, Harvard ^ | March 2005 | Author: Debbie West, Former Program Coordinator, Intrastate Conflict Program
    Scouring the deserts and highlands of present and future terrorists in the troubled, war-torn region that comprises Yemen, the Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somalia demands urgent, skillful, measures that are as much social, economic, and political as they must be military. Al Qaeda operatives and sleepers in this region are few, but dangerous. Additionally, there are cells linked both loosely and more tightly to Al Qaeda throughout the region, and beyond into Kenya, Tanzania, and the Comoros. Those cells need to be found and eradicated through concerted diplomatic, intelligence, law enforcement, and military means. Since internal conflict is a...
  • Congressional Testimony by Robert S. Mueller, III

    03/25/2009 3:37:15 PM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 411+ views ^ | March 25, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Congressional Testimony Robert S. Mueller, III Director Federal Bureau of Investigation Statement Before the Senate Judiciary Committee March 25, 2009 Good morning Chairman Leahy, Senator Specter, and Members of the Committee. I am pleased to be here today. As you know, we in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have undergone unprecedented transformation in recent years, from developing the intelligence capabilities necessary to address emerging terrorist and criminal threats, to creating the administrative and technological structure necessary to meet our new mission as a national security service. Today, the FBI is a...
  • Homeland Security Officials Report Possible Terror Threat on Inauguration Ceremony

    01/20/2009 7:47:36 AM PST · by deaconjim · 148 replies · 7,270+ views
    Fox News ^ | Tuesday, January 20, 2009
    WASHINGTON -- Authorities monitored a rush of intelligence leads Tuesday at the largest security operation in presidential inauguration history, including a possible threat from an East Africa radical Islamic terrorist group. Law enforcement and intelligence officials received information that people associated with a Somalia-based group, al-Shabaab, might try to travel to the U.S. with plans to disrupt the inauguration, according to a joint FBI/Homeland Security bulletin issued Monday night. The information had limited specificity and uncertain credibility, said Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke. U.S. counter-terror officials have grown concerned in recent months about the threat posed by the militant al-Shabaab...
  • UN gives authority to hunt pirates on land, air

    12/16/2008 3:21:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies · 4,951+ views
    The International Herald Tribune / The Associated Press ^ | December 16, 2008 | Ahmed Al-Haj in San'a, William J. Kole and Barbara Surk
    On the same day Somali gunmen seized two more ships, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to authorize nations to conduct land and air attacks on pirate bases on the coast of the Horn of Africa country. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was on hand to push through the resolution, one of President George W. Bush's last major foreign policy initiatives. Rice said the resolution will have a significant impact, especially since "pirates are adapting to the naval presence in the Gulf of Aden by traveling further" into sea lanes not guarded by warships sent by the U.S. and...
  • FEDS: Twin Cities man behind Somalia bombing, investigating network

    11/25/2008 12:33:41 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 26 replies · 1,166+ views ^ | 11/25/08 | Sam Zeff, Assistant News Director; Bob McNaney, Investigative Reporter; Nicole Muehlhausen, Web Prod
    5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has learned that federal law enforcement sources believe that a Twin Cities man blew himself up in a suicide bombing in Northern Somalia last month. The FBI and Homeland Security are investigating whether Shirwa Ahmed had developed a terrorist recruiting network in the area. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS learned that Ahmed came to the Twin Cities in 1996 and graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis. He was a naturalized U.S. citizen. More than a dozen young men of Somali descent, mostly in their 20s, from the Minneapolis area have recently disappeared, U.S. law enforcement officials tell 5...
  • The great game of hunting pirates

    11/23/2008 5:41:57 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 38 replies · 1,542+ views
    Asia Times ^ | Nov 22, 2008 | M K Bhadrakumar
    "Sir, you have done India proud." That was how the anchorman of a television channel in Delhi addressed the Indian navy chief, Admiral Sureesh Mehta, on the victorious sea battle by warship INS Tabar with would-be hijackers as dusk was falling on Tuesday evening in the Gulf of Aden. Those words would have made Sir Francis Drake, the 16th-century British navigator and slaver-politician of the Elizabethan era, truly envious. Sir Francis had bigger claims to fame in a life cut short by dysentery while attacking San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1595. Unsurprisingly, the patriotic Indian media dutifully expressed its gratitude...
  • Obama’s Influence in the Horn of Africa

    06/28/2008 8:56:27 AM PDT · by Bushwacker777 · 5 replies · 86+ views
    Newsmax ^ | June 24, 2008 | Mignon Evans
    "For Odinga it was a PR triumph of the first order. The rock star’s glitter rubbed off on his putative cousin by the bucket. Nor did Obama limit his role to boosting Odinga’s image. The senator also criticized the incumbent Kenyan president. Mike Flannery, political editor for CBS2 in Nairobi, reported that Obama had accused the Kibaki government (Odinga’s opponent) of corruption “almost every day since he arrived.” The political temperature grew hotter than the Nairobi summer. Dr. Alfred Matua, a government spokesman, accused Odinga of “using Obama as his stooge, as his puppet.” Matua added, “Sen. Obama has to...
  • In Horn of Africa, Djibouti and Eritrea in Face-Off Over Border

    05/24/2008 5:26:44 PM PDT · by decimon · 1 replies · 119+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 25, 2008 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
    ON THE DJIBOUTIAN-ERITREAN BORDER — The distance between the rival armies is shorter than the barrel of a gun. Hundreds of opposing troops are lined up on the border, staring each other down, from just inches away. On one side are the Djiboutians, a relatively well-equipped African military with combat boots, CamelBak strap-on water bottles and the occasional buttery croissant in the field. On the other side are skinny Eritrean soldiers, covered in dust and wearing plastic sandals, camped out in thatch-roofed huts that look like fortified tropical bungalows. < > “No pictures, no pictures,” one Eritrean soldier yelled....
  • Soldiers become American citizens in Africa

    03/28/2008 3:27:03 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 26 replies · 593+ views
    Soldiers become American citizens in Africa DJIBOUTI (March 16, 2008) — Seven Soldiers supporting the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa mission became U.S. citizens during a Military Naturalization Ceremony at the U.S. Embassy March 13. After enlisting in the Army and serving the United States, Four Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry (Light), Delta Company, and three Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, Delta Company, raised their right hands and said the Oath of Allegiance. During the ceremony, Ambassador W. Stuart Symington, U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti and keynote speaker, addressed the candidates reminding them about the oath...
  • Somali Pirates Threaten To Kill Tanker Crew

    12/11/2007 3:07:16 PM PST · by blam · 31 replies · 112+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-11-2007 | Laura Clout
    Somali pirates threaten to kill tanker crew By Laura Clout and agencies Last Updated: 12:32pm GMT 11/12/2007 A tense standoff has developed off the Somali coast between US warships and pirates who have hijacked a tanker packed with explosive chemicals. Somali pirates are able to operate with relative impunity off the volatile Horn of Africa. Under seige from the US navy, the pirates have now threatened to kill all 22 crew members of the Japanese Golden Nori unless a $1 million ransom is paid. The tanker, carrying up to 40,000 tons of inflammable benzene, was captured as it was sailing...
  • Pirates leave ships under US Navy escort

    11/04/2007 9:01:01 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies · 142+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 4, 2007 | EDWARD HARRIS
    Somali pirates left two boats they had hijacked in the waters off the Horn of Africa, and the newly liberated vessels — and their crew of 24 — were under U.S. Navy escort on Sunday. A U.S. Navy ship and helicopter were guiding the Tanzanian-flagged boats Mavuno 1 and 2 further out to sea, where naval personnel will later board the vessels and treat crew members, said Cmdr. Lydia Robertson of the U.S. Fifth Fleet in Bahrain. The Navy is in radio contact with pirates aboard three other ships in the region, encouraging them also to leave those ships and...
  • Ethiopia's 'Secret War' Forces Thousands To Flee

    10/08/2007 9:45:57 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 490+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-9-2007 | David Blair
    Ethiopia's 'secret war' forces thousands to flee By David Blair in Gode Last Updated: 2:32am BST 09/10/2007 Ethiopian troops have been deployed to crush Somali rebels from the Ogaden National Liberation Front Few places are more desolate than southern Ethiopia, where the barren plains suffer hunger and poverty even when the rains fall. Yet one of Britain's closest African allies is waging a brutal military campaign in this bleak region, burning villages and forcing thousands to flee their homes. Ethiopia, the recipient of £130 million of British aid this year, is fighting a virtually unknown guerilla war on the borderlands...
  • North Korean freighter disappears off Horn of Africa (seized by Somali pirates?)

    06/30/2007 4:20:23 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies · 1,643+ views
    <p>NAIROBI -- A North Korean-flagged freighter has gone missing off the Horn of Africa coastline after last being spotted seven weeks ago, a Kenyan maritime official said Friday.</p> <p>The MV Sea Prince was last seen loading cargo in Djibouti port in May, Andrew Mwangura, of the Kenyan branch of the Seafarers' Assistance Program, said.</p>
  • The Americans Have Landed (Africa)

    06/28/2007 9:31:10 AM PDT · by RDTF · 13 replies · 1,268+ views
    Esquire ^ | June 27, 2007 | Thomas P.M. Barnett
    A few years ago, with little fanfare, the United States opened a base in the horn of Africa to kill or capture Al Qaeda fighters. By 2012, the Pentagon will have two dozen such forts. The story of Africa Command, the American military's new frontier outpost. The word came down suddenly in early January to the fifty or so U.S. troops stationed inside Camp Simba, a Kenyan naval base located on that country's sandy coast: Drop everything and pull everyone back inside the compound wire. Then they were instructed to immediately clear a couple acres of dense forest. Task Force...
  • Somalis say foreign fighters killed (followup from US warship story today)

    06/02/2007 1:45:58 PM PDT · by stockpirate · 4 replies · 448+ views
    Al-jazeera English ^ | June 2, 2007 | Al-Jazeera
    Eight foreign Muslim fighters have been killed during fighting with government forces in Puntland, a remote, mountainous northeastern Somali area, according to a senior official. Hassan Dahir Mohamoud, Puntland's vice-president, said on Saturday that there were no civilian casualties because the area is uninhabited. At least one US warship late on Friday shelled the area where the fighters had set up a base after they clashed with government forces. Speaking from Garowe, Puntland's capital, Mohamoud said security forces are pursuing another five foreign Muslim fighters. He said the government knew the nationalities of five of the foreigners: Britain, Eritrea, Sweden,...
  • Ethiopia - Ethiopians Fear for Their Interfaith Oasis

    05/13/2007 6:22:39 AM PDT · by Valin · 9 replies · 717+ views
    Nazret ^ | 5/13/07 | Stephanie McCrummen
    DESE, Ethiopia -- Rumors were spreading up and down the narrow streets here, in front of the Noah pharmacy and Millennium Cafe, through the rectangular mosques and domed Orthodox churches of this northern Ethiopian city. Muslims were said to be training to attack Christians. Christians were said to be stockpiling weapons for an assault on Muslims. Fears of an all-out religious melee became so rampant last year that the archbishop of the Orthodox Christian church sent spies to a mosque thought to be harboring Islamic fighters. "They were saying through the loudspeakers that 'the soldiers of Allah are brave' and...
  • At least 74 slain at oil field in Ethiopia

    04/24/2007 6:03:19 AM PDT · by happygrl · 34 replies · 1,373+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 24, 2007
    65 locals, 9 Chinese killed at Chinese-run company in east of country ADDIS ABABA - At least 74 workers have been killed in an attack on a Chinese-run oil field in eastern Ethiopia, an official of the Chinese company said Tuesday. "The attack happened this morning. Nine Chinese were killed, seven Chinese workers were kidnapped and 65 locals were killed," said Xu Shuang, the general manager of Zhongyuan Petroleum Exploration Bureau, based in Addis Ababa, told The Associated Press.
  • Peacekeepers with No Peace to Keep (Somalia)

    04/12/2007 1:34:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 457+ views
    World Defense Review ^ | 12 Apr 07 | J. Peter Pham, Ph.D.
    Strategic Interests Somewhere along the crooked path that runs from the collapse of the Soviet Union that signaled the emergence of the United States as the world's lone superpower to the seemingly intractable conflict in Iraq that has dashed dreams of facile democratic transformation in the Middle East, there emerged the belief that if only the international community would line up behind the requisite multilateral peacekeeping force, the vexing conflict du jour – whether ethnic cleansing in the Balkans, genocide in Sudan, or clan-based civil war in Somalia – would be magically resolved. Of course, this wishful thinking withstands rigorous...
  • Report: U.S. allows Ethiopia to strike arms deal with DPRK

    04/09/2007 6:28:04 AM PDT · by Valin · 2 replies · 232+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 4/8/07 | Luan Shanglin
    WASHINGTON, April 8 (Xinhua) -- The Bush administration allowed Ethiopia to complete a secret arms purchase from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in an apparent violation of UN sanctions aimed at punishing Pyongyang's nuclear test, the New York Times reported on Sunday. Washington allowed the arms delivery to go through in January in part because Ethiopia was in the midst of a military offensive against Islamic militia inside Somalia, a campaign that aided the U.S. policy of combating religious extremists in the Horn of Africa, the report said. A spokesman for the State Department was quoted by the...
  • The Tipping Point in Somalia

    04/08/2007 3:28:27 PM PDT · by Valin · 5 replies · 378+ views
    FDD / World Defense Review ^ | 4/5/07 | J. Peter Pham
    In last week's column, I warned that the situation in Somalia has become untenable: while the country's nominal "Transitional Federal Government" (TFG) is nowhere to be found and the Ugandan unit of the otherwise-yet-to-materialize United Nations-sanctioned "African Union Mission to Somalia" (AMISOM) is keeping a very low profile as mortars rain down upon its positions at the air and sea ports of Mogadishu, the Ethiopian intervention force that drove the radicals of the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) from the city three months ago is fighting street-to-street with the resurgent militants and their newfound allies, engaging in epic battles recalling Black...
  • U.S. Envoy Makes Surprise Somalia Visit

    04/07/2007 5:12:06 PM PDT · by Valin · 3 replies · 186+ views
    AP ^ | 4/7/07 | SALAD DUHUL
    MOGADISHU, Somalia - The top U.S. diplomat for Africa urged Somalis on Saturday to leave behind 16 years of bloody conflict and focus on national reconciliation, warning the country has become "a haven for terrorists." Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer made a surprise visit to the Horn of Africa country on the sixth day of a fragile cease-fire between the government and Islamic insurgents. The truce ended a surge in fighting that left hundreds dead and forced thousands of residents to flee Somalia's capital. "Somalia, unfortunately, has become a haven for terrorists, and that continues to...
  • Warships fight silent war against terror threat on high seas

    03/19/2007 7:25:28 AM PDT · by Valin · 9 replies · 636+ views
    ABOARD THE FGS BREMEN: Pinned to a notice board on this German warship are three well-thumbed pictures of the USS Cole, its side ripped open after an al-Qaida suicide attack not far from where the FGS Bremen was cruising. "These photographs keep the crew focused," says Lt. Cmdr. Chris Scherrer. Seventeen American sailors were killed after the Cole was rammed by a tug boat packed with plastic explosives while moored in the Yemeni port of Aden in 2000. The Bremen, a frigate bristling with high-tech weaponry and surveillance equipment, polices the seas to fight terror, part of Operation Enduring Freedom,...
  • US hunted al Qaeda suspects from Ethiopia -NYT

    02/23/2007 8:16:13 AM PST · by Valin · 11 replies · 571+ views
    WASHINGTON,(Reuters) - The U.S. military used bases inside Ethiopia last month to capture or kill top al Qaeda leaders in the Horn of Africa, The New York Times reported on its Web site on Thursday, citing U.S. officials. The Times said the campaign included the use of an airstrip in eastern Ethiopia to conduct air strikes against Islamic militants in neighboring Somalia. Officials were quoted as saying the clandestine relationship with Ethiopia also included significant information-sharing on the militants' positions and information from U.S. spy satellites with the Ethiopian military, the newspaper reported. Members of a secret U.S. special operations...
  • Wife of al-Qaida suspect deported from Kenya to Somalia, says official

    01/29/2007 8:54:03 AM PST · by Valin · 1 replies · 229+ views
    MOGADISHU, Somalia: The wife and three children of a senior al-Qaida suspect wanted for the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in East Africa has been deported to Somalia after fleeing to neighboring Kenya earlier this month, the Somali government spokesman said Monday. Halima Badroudine Fazul Husseine was among 23 people shackled hand-and-foot and deported over the weekend from Kenya, said government spokesman Abdirahman Dinari. Her husband, Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, is a Comoron believed to have been given a haven by a now-ousted Somali Islamic movement and accused by the U.S. of masterminding the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania that killed...
  • Arab Nations supported Ethiopia's Invention in Somalia

    01/29/2007 8:30:57 AM PST · by Valin · 2 replies · 277+ views
    Geeka Afrika Online ^ | 1/29/07 | Dr.Abdullahi Mohamed
    Arab Nations supported Ethiopia's Invention in Somalia Nairobi (HAN) January 29, 2007 - The Prime Minister Meles Zenawi says nations including Egypt, Saudi Arabia and African nations have supported Ethiopia’s military involvement in Somalia to eradicated Al-Itihad/ONLF and other . The leader of Ethiopia Ato Meles told journalists that Ethiopia has received the unreserved support of African nations for the measures it has taken against the extremist and terrorists (Al-Itihad/ONLF, OLF and UIC) Militias in Somalia as well as for its Arab diplomatic actions. Meles said countries expressed they recognize Ethiopia’s intervention in Somalia was a proper measure and one...
  • The Quiet War in the Horn of Africa

    01/28/2007 1:05:44 AM PST · by csvset · 8 replies · 534+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | January 28, 2007 | KATE WILTROUT
    Air Force Col. Dan Shoor listens to a young Somali refugee’s cough at a Djiboutian clinic, stretched to its limits because of an influx of 5,000 refugees. Malnutrition is a widespread problem, as are sanitation woes and influenza. About five children in the community of 12,000 die each day, one Army sergeant estimates. CHRIS TYREE PHOTOS / THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT PART 1 OF 2 In faraway desert villages and city slums, U.S. military men and women stationed in the Horn of Africa are healing children, digging water wells and building schools. It's part of a unique approach by a Navy-led...