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US forces conduct precision airstrike against ISIS-Somalia, 3 militants killed

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On 31 May, US Africa Command (Africom) carried out an airstrike targeting Islamic State in Somalia (ISIS-Somalia), in the area of Dhaardaar, about 81...

EU naval force frees vessel from pirates off Somalia

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Pirates have tried to hijack a merchant vessel off Somalia, but were beaten back by European warships patrolling the region in the most recent...

Chrystal Arctic suspects await trial in Seychelles holding facility

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Delivery of suspected pirates to Seychelles authorities five days after an attack on a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden stands as an...

Piracy rears its head once more with another attack in the...

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Half a dozen pirates have been apprehended by Operation Atalanta naval forces after an attempted attack on a merchant vessel in the Gulf of...

Turkish warship visits Somalia

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Heading to Japan to mark a centenary of bilateral relations, the Turkish Navy warship TCG Kinaliada is visiting Somalia as one of the 20...

African conflicts under the AU/UN microscope

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Eight countries and two African regions were under scrutiny when the United Nations (UN)/African Union (AU) Joint Task Force (JTF) on peace and security...

MV Abdullah released by Somali pirates, apparently after ransom paid

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The Bangladesh-flagged Merchant Vessel Abdullah, captured over a month ago by Somali pirates, has been released along with its 23 crew, apparently after a...

Increase in piracy off Somalia a concern

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“Worrying” is the word used by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) to describe the increase to date this year of piracy in the Indian...

Turkey and Ethiopia have had close ties for many years: Somalia...

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Ethiopia and Turkey, which have had cordial ties since the early 20th century, have drawn even closer in recent years as both battle criticism...

Indian Navy rescues another pirated ship

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The Indian Navy has liberated yet another vessel from pirates off the coast of Somalia in the fifth such operation this year. An Indian Navy...

Pirates move Abdullah into Somali territorial waters to avoid rescue attempt

The Somali pirates who captured the bulk carrier Abdullah (IMO 9745598) 600 miles off the African coast have moved the ship close inshore to...

Report: Al-Shabaab extends reach with offer to protect Somali pirates

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After a six-year lull in major attacks, Somali pirates in December attacked four vessels as international navies relocated from the Indian Ocean to the...

Indian Navy retakes MV Ruen from Somali pirates

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In a well-coordinated operation that lasted some 40 hours, the Indian Navy has retaken the ship MV Ruen from Somali pirates, rescuing the 17...

ATMIS committed to “seamless” security transfer in Somalia

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With nine months before the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) exits the Horn of Africa country, mission management is committed to “a...

Bulk carrier Abdullah highjacked by pirates in the Indian Ocean as...

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Pirates have seized a Bangladeshi-flagged and owned ship, the bulk carrier Abdullah, en route from the port of Maputo in Mozambique. The vessel was...

Somalia-Turkey maritime deal is a win for both countries, and not...

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A recent defence deal between Somalia and Turkey has great significance for Somalia and the region’s security. The agreement, which covers both land and...

Somalia-Turkey maritime security partnership faces stormy waters

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Somalia and Türkiye have forged a new defence and economic partnership. The agreement is one part of an intricate web of maritime pacts involving...

Red Sea politics: why Turkey is helping Somalia defend its waters

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Somalia and Turkey recently announced that they would expand the terms of a defence agreement first signed on 8 February 2024 to include the...

US to construct military bases for Somali National Army

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The United States and Somalia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the construction of up to five military bases for the Somalia...

Planning for ATMIS phase three drawdown underway

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With phases one and two of the ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) done and dusted, planning for the third phase in June...

ATMIS drawdown on schedule

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The phase two ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) drawdown is complete with a further three thousand soldiers exiting the country, seven forward...

Indian Navy rescues another pirated vessel off Somalia

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The Indian Navy has foiled two hijackings by Somali pirates within days, rescuing 19 crew in the latest incident off the Horn of Africa. The...

Ugandan team clears major Somali supply route of IEDs

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The start of a new year in peacekeeping operations is – by and large – another day of operations ranging from convoy escort and...

IMB concerned about first ship hijacking off Somalia in six years

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The just released 2023 International Maritime Bureau (IMB) piracy report notes a slight increase in incidents and expresses concern over the first successful hijacking...

Ethiopia’s quest for access to the sea: success rests on good...

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On 1 January, Ethiopia and Somaliland signed a memorandum of understanding granting Addis Ababa direct access to the Gulf of Aden. This strategic agreement...

UN helicopter and personnel in al Shabaab hands

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The United Nations (UN), via spokesman Stephane Dujarric, is “concerned” about personnel aboard a helicopter flying under the world body’s flag after it was...

Indian Navy rescues crew from hijacked ship off Somalia

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The Indian Navy has rescued all 21 crew members from the MV Lila Norfolk in the North Arabian Sea after it was boarded by...

ATMIS to continue “degrading” al-Shabaab in 2024

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Last year saw the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) conduct more than 200 operations against al-Shabaab in furtherance of a mission priority...

$1 million-plus worth of ammunition gifted to Somali National Army

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The Somali National Army (SNA) is to receive "military equipment designed to deliver lethal force" from the European Peace Facility (EPF) of the European...

UN arms embargo on Somalia lifted

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As the ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission on Somalia) continues its troop drawdown, the lifting of a 31-year-long United Nations (UN) arms embargo on...

ATMIS drawdown en route for year-end finish

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The ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) exit from the Horn of Africa country continues with the Qorilow forward operating base (FOB) handed...

EU monitoring hijacked vessel off Somalia

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The European Union Naval Force (EU NavFor) is closely monitoring the hijacked Maltese-flagged merchant vessel Ruen, which remains off the Somali coast. In a statement,...

Somali pirates are back in action but a full scale return...

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An Iranian fishing vessel, Almeraj 1, was reportedly hijacked by Somali pirates in November 2023. According to media reports, the pirates demanded $400 000...

Inconsistencies are costing the AU Mission in Somalia

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In September, a call was made for a technical pause to the African troop drawdown from Somalia, following the initial withdrawal of 2 000...

Second stage of ATMIS troop withdrawal underway

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The second ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) troop withdrawal in six months is currently underway in the east African country. “Recommencement” of the...

Somali President Mohamud aims to eradicate Al-Shabaab within a year

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Somalia has one year to eradicate al-Shabaab from the country and end 17 years of war, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud announced in late November. The...

Suspected pirates apprehended off Somalia

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Suspected pirates aboard a hijacked Iranian fishing boat have surrendered to Somali police after being monitored by European Union Operation Atalanta assets. On 22 November,...

Somali pirates strike again as Iranian fishing vessel highjacked

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After a lull of several years, Somali pirates are back in the news with reports of them having successfully attacked and seized an Iranian...

Al-Shabaab hopes to recruit by celebrating Hamas attacks

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It only took a matter of days for the Somali terror group al-Shabaab to congratulate Hamas for its deadly October 7 attack on Israel. Al-Shabaab,...

Top UN official commends ATMIS and Somali government peace efforts

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The senior United Nations (UN) representative in Africa commended ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) and the Somali government for collaboration and joint...

IED training for Somali police

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With withdrawal work well underway in Somalia, other work continues to ensure that civilian safety and security is maintained. This saw an intensive, five-day training...

Allen-Vanguard to attend AAD 2024 as it keeps its sights set...

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Having just concluded a successful DSEI exhibition in the United Kingdom, global electronic countermeasures (ECM) specialist Allen-Vanguard has confirmed its attendance at Africa Aerospace...

Decisive action lacking at UN-AU security consultations

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Africa’s stability is inextricably linked to international peace and security. For that reason, the African Union’s Peace and Security Council (PSC) and the United...

EU donates military equipment to Somalia

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Non-lethal military hardware funded by the European Peace Facility has been handed over to the Somali National Army (SNA), with trucks and trailers supporting...

Here’s why Somali piracy, once an unsolvable security threat, has almost...

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In 2011, pirates carried out 212 attacks in a vast area spanning Somali waters, the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea and the Gulf of...

Joint AU/Somali patrols against al-Shabaab upped, drawdown notwithstanding

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Troop drawdowns in the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) have not put an end to its mandate of halting Al-Shabaab terror group...

AU peacekeepers are leaving Somalia: what needs to happen to keep...

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The phased withdrawal of the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (Atmis) began earlier this year and is scheduled to end in December 2024. The...

Second ATMIS troop drawdown underway

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The second ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) troop withdrawal started at the weekend when the Bio Cadale forward operating base (FOB) in...

Allen-Vanguard strengthens its electronic countermeasures support to Somalia

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Global electronic countermeasures (ECM) specialist Allen-Vanguard has been providing electronic countermeasures systems, force protection advice and support to security forces based in Somalia for...

Allen-Vanguard deepens its ECM support to Somalia with an 18-month contract...

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Allen-Vanguard, a global leader in providing customized solutions for defeating Radio Frequency (RF) based terrorist and extremist threats, has a long-established relationship of providing...