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  • Japan Considers Sending Naval Force to Hormuz, Mandab Straits

    09/04/2019 12:14:30 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 20 replies
    Asharq Al-Awsat ^ | Tuesday, 3 September, 2019 - 08:30 | None attributed
    Japan will not join a US-led security mission to protect merchant vessels passing through key Middle Eastern waterways, but will consider deploying its naval force independently, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Tuesday. Citing unidentified government sources, the Yomiuri said Japan was considering a plan to send its Maritime Self-Defense Force (SDF) on information-gathering missions in the areas around the Strait of Hormuz and Bab al-Mandab shipping lane between Yemen, Djibouti and Eritrea. It would also consider including the Strait of Hormuz in the SDF’s sphere of activity if Iran agrees, the paper said, according to Reuters.
  • Alleged Human Smuggling Ring Sending Migrants to U.S. Busted in Brazil

    08/22/2019 4:50:08 AM PDT · by davikkm · 6 replies
    breitbart ^ | BOB PRICE
    A multinational law enforcement investigation led to the arrest of three alleged human smugglers in Brazil. The ring is charged with trafficking migrants from East Africa and the Middle East to Brazil and then to the U.S. Officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations announced on Wednesday, the arrest of three alleged human smugglers by law enforcement authorities in Brazil. Statements from ICE and the Department of Justice report that Brazilian authorities executed search warrants leading to the arrests of Abdifatah Hussein Ahmed (a Somalian national); Abdessalem Martani (an Algerian national); and Mohsen Khademi Manesh (an...
  • Eritrea - The Country's Last Catholic Hospital Closed With Force

    07/11/2019 6:26:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Asmara (Agenzia Fides) - In Eritrea, even the last Catholic hospital has been closed. On Friday 5 July, the nuns who ran the facility in Zager were forcibly taken away by the police and seals were placed on the doors. The nuns were told to leave the hospital immediately and were prevented from taking hospital equipment with them. The hospital provided maternity services and general medical assistance for the village of Zager some thirty kilometers from the capital, Asmara. In recent weeks, 22 Catholic hospitals and clinics have been closed. Some observers read in this wave of requisitions a response...
  • Chinese military taking 'irresponsible actions' toward U.S. forces in Djibouti, intel chief says

    06/16/2019 2:00:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 16, 2019 | Geoff Hill
    The Chinese military is guilty of “irresponsible actions” toward American forces stationed at Djibouti’s Camp Lemonnier on the Horn of Africa, a senior U.S. military intelligence officer said. The home of U.S. military operations in the region and the biggest U.S. base on the continent, Camp Lemonnier is near the People’s Liberation Army’s first overseas military base, and the proximity has been a continuing source of tension. Rear Adm. Heidi Berg, director of intelligence at the U.S. Africa Command, told a small group of African-based journalists in a telephone media roundtable that China tried to “constrain international airspace” by barring...
  • Pentagon plans to scale back in Somalia, latest sign Trump wants to cut troops abroad

    01/04/2019 3:34:50 PM PST · by McGruff · 57 replies
    NBC News ^ | Jan. 4, 2019 | Dan De Luce and Courtney Kube
    The U.S. military plans to scale back its role in Somalia and curtail airstrikes against al-Shabab insurgents after having taken out many of the group's senior operatives, two senior U.S. officials told NBC News, the latest signal the Trump administration is looking to cut the number of troops deployed around the world. The move reflects an assessment by the administration that while the Shabab insurgency remains a threat to the Somali government and neighboring countries, it does not pose a direct danger to the U.S., current and former officials said. And it follows President Donald Trump's abrupt announcement last month...
  • US forces carry out airstrike against extremists in Somalia

    12/18/2017 9:58:33 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Dec. 18, 2017 | staff
    OHANNESBURG — The U.S. military’s Africa command says its forces conducted an airstrike against Islamic extremists in Somalia last week, approximately 30 miles northwest of Kismayo, killing eight militants and destroying one vehicle. In its statement released Monday, the U.S. Africa Command said that it assess no civilians were killed in the strike. The statement said U.S. forces will continue to use “all authorized and appropriate measures” to protect U.S. citizens and to disable extremist threats. This includes partnering with the multinational African force in Somalia and the Somali National Security Forces to attack the extremist rebels of al-Shabab, their...
  • China formally opens first overseas military base

    08/02/2017 9:20:49 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 1, 2017 | Reuters
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China formally opened its first overseas military base on Tuesday with a flag raising ceremony in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, the same day as the People's Liberation Army marks its 90th birthday, state media said. Djibouti's position on the northwestern edge of the Indian Ocean has fueled worry in India that it would become another of China's "string of pearls" military alliances and assets ringing India, including Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.
  • 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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...
  • “THE WHOLE OF AFRICA WILL GO UP IN FLAMES”: TALIBAN LOOK AT U.S. DESIGNS ON AFRICAN ENERGY

    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...