Somalia: UN report accuses Puntland’s President of weak anti-terrorism policy, piracy links

United Nations Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea has acknowledged in a confidential report that the President of Somalia’s North Eastern State of Puntland Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas has showed extreme reluctance to address the upsurge in extremism, saying his ties to pirate linchpins also remain apparent, Garowe Online reports.

The 8-member panel of UN investigators further spotlighted the increasing threat by beleaguered Islamist militants to the state’s peace, Al Shabaab infiltration into low-morale Puntland Forces, frailty of security apparatuses and Gaas’ links with top pirate leaders.

Citing poor cooperation from Puntland presidency and consistent stumbling block by President Gaas himself, UN monitors say:” The Puntland authorities hindrance is indicative of its apparent unwillingness to robustly address the threat of Al-Shabaab”.

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al Qaeda’s next target: American oil tankers

The group’s newest publication talks about attacking U.S. supertankers and screwing up the oil supply chain

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Deep Web Reporting By: Saar Fresco

Al Qaeda discusses strategic attacks on chokepoints of oil shipments from the Middle East to the West in its first issue of “Resurgence,” an English-language propaganda magazine posted to al Qaeda online forum Shamikh1.info. In a 117-page issue produced by As-Sahab, a new South Asia al Qaeda media branch, the group lays out the American oil flow system in detail and suggests the interruption of that flow with attacks. Continue reading

Somalia wants its pirates in Kenya jails sent home

By Philip Mwakio

MOMBASA COUNTY: The Somalia government now says it hopes Kenya will allow the transfer 122 convicted Somali pirates from Kenyan jails back to Somalia suggesting there are negotiations to this effect between the two states. Continue reading

Commander: Pirates Hiding Due to Scary Presence of Iranian Navy

TEHRAN (FNA)- Pirate attack on cargo ships has now become a rare scene in the region due to the powerful deployment of the Iranian warships, Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said. Continue reading

Several people injured in fighting between pirates and local residents in Somalia

Bitter fighting between Somali pirates and clan militias have on Tuesday morning in El-Dire settlement near Hobyo district of Mudug region in central Somalia left several people injured. Continue reading

Nigeria: Nimasa / Naf Partnering to Curb Piracy, Oil Theft

Lagos — Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) have both reiterated their commitment to aerial surveillance of the Nigerian maritime domain as a way of protecting the nation’s economy from poaching, oil theft, piracy and other unlawful activities. Continue reading

Vietnamese Tanker Disappears

HANOI–A Vietnamese oil tanker with 18 crewmembers on board went missing en route to central Vietnam from Singapore, officials said Monday. Continue reading