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  • Twin Cities Teen’s Quick Thinking Thwarts Uber Driver’s Kidnapping

    09/15/2016 9:56:59 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 25 replies
    CBS Minnesota ^ | September 14, 2016 | Kate Raddatz
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Twin Cities Uber driver is charged with trying to kidnap a young woman he picked up on the job. Dahir Aden, 50, is charged with a felony count of false imprisonment after he refused to drive a teenage girl home and instead took her to his home in West St. Paul. The girl told police Aden planned to sexually assault her. Investigators say it was the girl’s quick thinking that allowed her to be rescued. According to the criminal complaint, Dahir Aden picked up a young woman from her North Minneapolis apartment the night of Aug....
  • Yemen’s Missionaries of Charity: The Nuns Killed by Islamic State Jihadists

    03/29/2016 8:13:33 AM PDT · by detective · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Mar 2016 | Mary Chastain
    The four nuns running a nursing home in Aden, Yemen, killed by the Islamic State earlier this month, belonged to the Missionaries of Charity, established by Blessed Mother Teresa.
  • Pope Francis Condemns "Diabolical" Attack on Missionaries of Charity in Yemen

    03/05/2016 5:37:48 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 22 replies
    March 5, 2016
    (Mother Teresa's missionary order) VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis was “shocked and profoundly saddened” by the murder of four Missionaries of Charity and 12 other people at a home for the elderly in Aden, Yemen. Gunmen entered the building on Friday and went room to room, handcuffing victims before shooting them in the head. A message signed by the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said the Holy Father “sends the assurance of his prayers for the dead and his spiritual closeness to their families and to all affected from this act of senseless and diabolical violence.” The message...
  • Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Yemen Blast

    12/06/2015 1:12:04 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 9 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 6 Dec, 2015 | MOHAMMED AL-KIBSI
    Islamic State has claimed a bombing in Yemen that killed the governor of the port city of Aden on Sunday, underlining the growing reach of terror groups amid an eight-month-old Saudi-led military campaign against Yemen’s Houthi rebels.
  • Has Yemen war handed Aden to jihadists?

    09/03/2015 3:11:06 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 Sep 2015 | Frank Gardner
    Unseen by most of the world, the once tranquil port of Aden is being steadily infiltrated by jihadists from both al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsular (AQAP) and the so-called Islamic State (IS). They are not in charge of the city, the military forces of the UAE are. But in the last few days disturbing reports have emerged of the summary executions of prisoners by the jihadists, along with their black flags hoisted onto public buildings.
  • Poland thanks Russia, China for help in Yemen evacuation

    04/03/2015 12:10:58 PM PDT · by McGruff · 10 replies
    RADIO POLAND ^ | 4/3/2015
    Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna thanks the governments of China and Russia, which helped in the evacuation. “The situation is under control, we have information that for now everything is going well,” he said. Russia air lifted 20 Polish citizens from the capital of Yemen, Sana’a to Moscow on board two aircraft, while the Chinese navy took four Polish citizens across a narrow strait from Aden to Djibuti. Yemen has recently been invaded by a Saudi-led coalition set up to dislodge the Shia Houthis who have taken over the capital city. (an)
  • Yemen: Egyptian Navy Chases Iranian Warships to Retreat from Port of Aden

    03/26/2015 3:33:26 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 33 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3-26-2015 | Arutz
    Senior editor of Saudi online paper Arab News, Siraj Wahab, has just tweeted that Egyptian ships forced Iranian retreat from Bab Al-Mandab strait near the Port of Aden. A statement issued by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry stated that Egypt is coordinating with Saudi Arabia, together with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for the participation of its Air Force, Navy, and ground forces, should it prove necessary. However, it should be noted that Iran threatened Saudi Arabia today (Thursday), announcing that its foray into Yemen would end up costing it dearly.
  • Yemen defence minister to resume duties after fleeing Sanaa

    03/08/2015 5:25:31 AM PDT · by piasa · 15 replies
    AFP via Ahram Online ^ | Sunday 8 Mar 2015
    Yemen's defence minister was set to resume his duties from second city Aden on Sunday after defecting from Shiite militia who control the capital, a source in the president's office said. General Mahmud Subaihi's escape from Sanaa follows that of Western-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, who has called on ministers to join him in the southern port city to reestablish the government if they can. The minister made it safely to Aden but one of his guards was killed in a firefight with Huthi militiamen during the escape, an aide told AFP. The militia had named Subaihi head of a...
  • The Deadly Disgrace of Obama's Pro-Terrorist Lawyers

    10/12/2012 1:35:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | October 12, 2012 | Michelle Malik
    October 12 marks the 12th anniversary of the bombing of the USS Cole. The grim milestone comes as President Obama faces mounting questions about his administration's dereliction of duty during the murderous attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya. And it comes just a day after resurgent al-Qaida thugs pulled off the drive-by assassination of a top Yemeni security official who worked at the U.S. embassy in Sanaa. These are not "bumps in the road." These are gravesites on the blood-spattered path to surrender. Seventeen U.S. sailors died in the brutal suicide attack on the guided Navy missile destroyer as...
  • Vanishing files delay Guantanamo hearings in 9/11 case

    04/17/2013 7:36:31 PM PDT · by haffast · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4-17-2013 | Jane Sutton
    MIAMI (Reuters) - Guantanamo war crimes prosecutions of five prisoners charged with plotting the September 11 hijacked planes attacks will be delayed by two months because of lost files caused by Pentagon computer problems, U.S. military officials said on Wednesday. A weeklong pretrial hearing had been set to begin on Monday in the death penalty case against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused mastermind of the attacks, and four alleged co-conspirators. The judge overseeing the case postponed the hearing until June 17 at the request of defense lawyers who said three to four weeks' worth of their confidential work files had...
  • San Diego jury convicts 4 Somali immigrants of providing to support to terrorist group

    02/22/2013 9:33:19 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 16 replies
    Fox ^ | 2_22 | AP
    Those convicted Friday include 40-year-old Mohamed Mohamed Mohamud, who prosecutors said used his connections as a popular imam at a mosque in San Diego's City Heights neighborhood to raise money for the group. The other defendants were two San Diego taxi drivers, 36-year-old Basaaly Saeed Moalin and 56-year-old Issa Doreh, and 37-year-old Ahmed Nasir Taalil Mohamud of Anaheim, whose financial transfer business Shidaal Express was used to route the money, prosecutors said. Government attorneys played tapes of telephone calls, many of them between Moalin and the late Aden Hashi Ayrow, who was among the top leaders of al-Shabaab until he...
  • Penn State and Planned Parenthood

    11/10/2011 11:25:27 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 10 replies ^ | 11/10/2011 | Steven Aden
    An institution once held in high esteem by the public has been shamed by revelations that it failed to report sexual abuse against children. Despite knowledge by its officials that sexual predators were victimizing children, they swept it under the rug. Now that the news media has brought this to public attention, the institution is facing well-placed anger and demands for justice. Highly placed officials have been forced out. The federal government is investigating whether the refusal to report this child sexual abuse violated federal laws that apply because of reporting requirements attached to the large amounts of federal funding....
  • Car bomb in Yemen's Aden kills 9 soldiers, injures 21

    07/24/2011 5:04:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/24/11 | Mohammed Ghobari Mohammed Mokhashaf
    A suicide bomber drove a booby-trapped car into an army checkpoint outside Yemen's southern port city of Aden on Sunday, killing at least nine soldiers and wounding 21 others, officials and medical sources said. The attack, which the government blamed on al Qaeda's Yemen-based wing, comes weeks after the army deployed security forces to surround the coastal city, which lies east of a shipping strait where some 3 million barrels of oil pass daily. The military has been trying to stop militants from slipping into Aden, after they seized several areas in the neighbouring province of Abyan in recent months...
  • China's navy takes charge on the high seas

    12/17/2010 7:35:59 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies · 1+ views
    China Daily ^ | December 17, 2010 | Cheng Guangjin
    China's navy takes charge on the high seas December 17, 2010 Just upon its arrival at the Gulf of Aden towards dusk on Christmas Day in 2009, the frigate Chaohu received its first task - to escort the Chinese bulk carrier Dexinhai 800 nautical miles away. At that time, the ship had been hijacked in late October - with 27 crew aboard, dangerously short on food, drinkable water and fuel - and was still under the control of pirates waiting for a negotiated ransom to be paid. After 38 hours of high-speed sailing, the frigate arrived at the waters east...
  • The Secret Anti-China Message Behind Obama's Mission To Yemen

    01/09/2010 11:54:07 AM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 719+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | Joe Weisenthal
    The Secret Anti-China Message Behind Obama's Mission To Yemen Joe Weisenthal Jan. 9, 2010, 11:13 AM The war on terror is back, though the story has moved from Afghanistan (which is ostensibly now in nation-building mode) to Yemen, which up until recently, many Americans probably had never heard of. Asia Times has an excellent overview of the situation written by former Indian ambassador M K Bhadrakumar. What's most interesting is his analysis of Yemen through the lens of the broader tension between the US and China. Most important, however, for US global strategies will be the massive gain of control...
  • Another Reason To Keep Gitmo Open

    12/29/2009 4:44:43 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 684+ views ^ | December 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Security: Two of the four leaders allegedly behind the attempted destruction of Flight 253 were released from Guantanamo two years ago. The case for indefinite detention has been made once again, and not in Illinois. Sometimes America's chickens do come home to roost. In a statement released Monday, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which counts among its leadership two former Guantanamo detainees, claimed responsibility for the attempted destruction of Northwest Airlines Flight 253. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the crotch bomber, told FBI agents he was trained for his Christmas Day mission in Yemen by top leaders of the group who provided...
  • Muslim advocacy group files complaint with Lewiston School Department

    11/21/2009 3:32:27 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies · 1,198+ views ^ | Nov. 21, 2009 | Judith Meyer
    LEWISTON — A national Muslim civil rights organization has filed a formal request with the Lewiston School Department to allow a middle school student to pray on school property. The group also wants Lewiston to modify existing policy and provide "constitutionally protected religious accommodation," such as a designated prayer room. The group has also requested the school department institute diversity training for school staff, and to ensure the middle-schooler won't face retaliation because of her request to pray at the Lewiston Middle School. According to the Washington, D.C.,-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, seventh-grader Nasra Aden had been routinely "praying discreetly...
  • Remember The Cole

    02/06/2009 7:57:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 1,358+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 6, 2009
    War On Terror: Charges against the mastermind behind the bombing of the USS Cole are dismissed. He will be retried, but not by a military commission that would have given him the death penalty he deserves.Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell announced on Thursday that Susan Crawford, the convening authority for military tribunals at Guantanamo, has made the decision to withdraw charges against Abd al-Rahim Hussain Mohammed al-Nashiri. This is the Saudi man believed to be the architect of the bombing of the guided missile destroyer USS Cole, killing 17 American sailors, as it sat in the Yemeni port of Aden. The...
  • VIDEO: Separatists in Yemen demand independence - 21 May 09

    05/23/2009 8:37:48 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 383+ views
    AL-JAZEERA (English Version) ^ | May 22, 2009 | n/a
    In a speech during celebrations of his country's reunification, Yemen's President called for a national dialogue between the north and the south. Deadly clashes errupted in the port city of Aden, highlighting the explosive mood in the South...
  • Combined Task Force Makes First Suspected Pirate Capture

    05/14/2009 4:28:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 530+ views
    ABOARD USS GETTYSBURG AT SEA, May 14, 2009 – Ships from Combined Task Force 151 prevented a piracy attack in the Gulf of Aden, which resulted in the apprehension of more than a dozen suspected pirates aboard an alleged "mothership" yesterday. The South Korean destroyer ROKS Munmu the Great and guided missile cruiser USS Gettysburg responded to a distress call from the Egyptian-flagged motor vessel Amira, which reported being attacked about 75 nautical miles south of Mukalla, Yemen. Several assault rifle rounds and a rocket-propelled grenade round struck the Amira, causing little or no damage. A rope was thrown from...
  • USNS Lewis and Clark Prevents Suspected Piracy Attack

    05/07/2009 8:28:23 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 17 replies · 760+ views
    US Navy ^ | 5/7/2009 | Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs
    MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- At approximately 10:30 local time May 5, Military Sealift Command ship (MSC) USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) was approached by suspected pirates off the eastern coast of Somalia and took evasive action to prevent a successful attack. While transiting north to provide logistics support for U.S. Navy and coalition ships operating in the area, two pirate skiffs pursued Lewis and Clark for more than an hour, closing to a distance of approximately one nautical mile. Once shipboard lookouts spotted the two suspected pirate skiffs, Lewis and Clark conducted evasive maneuvers and increased speed to elude the...
  • Yemen Arrests Islamic Militants in Hunt for Jihadists

    03/29/2009 1:32:37 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 225+ views
    AFP ^ | 3/28/09
    Yemeni authorities said they arrested 10 Islamic militants in a major offensive on Saturday in the south of the country and witnesses said four policemen were killed in the fighting. Clashes erupted in Jaar, northeast of the port city of Aden, where police had been hunting for wanted members of jihadist groups. "This campaign comes after dissident elements attacked members of the security forces and government interests, and disrupted peace and security over the past few weeks," a Jaar security official told AFP. Four Yemeni policemen were killed in fighting, witnesses told AFP. But an interior ministry official denied the...
  • Latest Ship Seizures Broaden Counter-Piracy Challenge

    03/27/2009 6:00:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 423+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 27, 2009 – Two ship seizures in the Indian Ocean in recent days appear to indicate that pirates have broadened their focus beyond the heavily patrolled Gulf of Aden. Pirates hijacked two chemical tankers: the Bahamian-flagged, Norwegian-owned vessel Bowasir on March 25 and the Panamanian-flagged, Greek-owned Nipayia yesterday, a Navy spokesman confirmed. Bowasir and its 23-member crew were operating more than 380 nautical miles southeast of Kismayo, Somalia. Nipayia and its 19 merchant mariners were pirated 490 nautical miles east of Mogadishu, the official said. The seizures were the farthest yet from the Gulf of Aden, where the...
  • Turkey, Singapore Join Efforts to Combat Piracy in Gulf of Aden

    02/23/2009 6:34:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 3,331+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Petty Officer 1st Class Monique K. Hilley, USN
    AT SEA ABOARD USS VELLA GULF, Feb. 23, 2009 – Turkey and Singapore recently committed forces to join Combined Task Force 151, a naval coalition dedicated to conducting counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden. Turkey and Singapore will join other nations -- including the United States, the United Kingdom and Denmark -- that have conducted operations as part of the task force. "Coalition ships are a critical part of our mission," U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Terry McKnight, commander of CTF 151, said. "The very nature of some of our operations, as well as the success of those operations,...
  • Pirates Could Be Prosecuted Outside of Kenya, Official Says

    02/17/2009 3:30:57 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 326+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden, USA
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2009 – The 16 suspected pirates captured recently in the Gulf of Aden by American military ships could face separate prosecutions in countries other than Kenya, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters here today. The governments of Kenya and the United States have signed a memorandum of understanding under which Kenya would prosecute pirates interdicted by U.S. forces in the region. But there are other options, Whitman said. “[Kenya is] not the only place where prosecution could take place,” he said. “It’s possible that prosecutions could take place in other venues, to include the states that...
  • Vella Gulf Crew Captures More Pirates in Gulf of Aden

    02/12/2009 3:33:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 345+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2009 – American forces operating in the Gulf of Aden have foiled another instance of piracy and captured nine suspects, Defense Department officials said today. The Navy’s USS Vella Gulf added to its haul of pirates after foiling an attack on the Marshall Islands-registered motor vessel Polaris yesterday, when the crew of the guided-missile cruiser captured seven pirates. The Vella Gulf is the flagship of Task Force 151, which has been operating in the region since Jan. 8. The Vella Gulf received a distress call from the motor vessel Premdivya, an Indian-flagged vessel transiting the region, Pentagon...
  • USS Vella Gulf Crew Captures Pirates in Gulf of Aden

    02/11/2009 4:47:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 26 replies · 1,023+ views
    AT SEA ABOARD USS VELLA GULF, Feb. 11, 2009 – The crew of the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf apprehended seven pirates in the Gulf of Aden today after responding to a distress call from a nearby merchant vessel. The event marks the first time Combined Task Force 151, a multinational effort to fight piracy in the region, has apprehended suspected pirates, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command officials said. At about 3 p.m., the Marshall Islands-flagged motor vessel Polaris sent a distress call to all ships in the area, reporting that a small skiff containing seven suspected pirates had...
  • Navy Task Force, Partner Nations Deter Pirate Attacks

    01/30/2009 4:40:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 393+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Lt. Jennifer Cragg, USN
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2009 – The presence of partner nations and the newly formed task force to reduce the number of pirate attacks in the Gulf of Aden seem to be working, the commander of Combined Task Force 151 said. “I think the combination of the coalition working together [with] the maritime community has decreased the pirate activity over the last couple of months,” Navy Rear Adm. Terry McKnight, also the commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 2, told bloggers and online journalists during a Defense Department bloggers roundtable yesterday. The task force was formed earlier this month and comprises three...
  • Navy Ship Assists Effort to Deter Pirates

    01/27/2009 3:50:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 407+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Seaman Chad R. Erdmann, USN
    AT SEA ABOARD USS MAHAN, Jan. 27, 2009 – As part of Combined Task Force 151, the crew of guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan is coordinating efforts of more than a dozen nations operating in the Gulf of Aden, Red Sea, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. The region’s Combined Maritime Forces established CTF 151, a multinational counter-piracy task force, earlier in the month to create a lawful maritime order. "In our first two weeks on patrol, we have coordinated and deconflicted our efforts with a host of other navies," Navy Cmdr. Steve Murphy, commanding officer of USS Mahan, said. "Though we...
  • Coalition Forces Work to Deter Piracy in Gulf of Aden

    01/20/2009 3:28:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 167+ views ^ | Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (AW/SW) Monique K. Hilley, USN
    USS SAN ANTONIO, At sea (NNS) -- Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 is working closely with international navies in the Gulf of Aden to conduct counterpiracy operations and ensure a lawful maritime order in the region. "We're out here as a force, with the coalition nations, to ensure commerce flows freely throughout the world," explained Rear Adm. Terry McKnight, commander, CTF 151. "We are working to achieve an objective of preventing piracy at sea. Over the past few years, we've learned from many combined operations that working with the coalition is key to our success throughout the world." The mission...
  • Brits fight off deadly pirates (repelled 4 pirate attacks w/ molotov cocktails, flare guns)

    01/06/2009 11:34:01 AM PST · by Stoat · 77 replies · 2,658+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | January 6, 2009 | DAVID WILLETTS
    EXCLUSIVE Brits fight off deadly pirates                      By DAVID WILLETTS Published: Today       A TEAM of hero Brits battled back deadly pirates four times in 24 hours armed only with Molotov cocktails and flare guns, The Sun can reveal. The three-man ex-military security team were hired to protect cargo ship S. Venus in the pirate infested waters of the Gulf of Aden off the Africa coast. On four separate occasions between New Year's Eve and New Year's Day Somali pirates – armed with AK-47s and rocket propelled grenades (RPG) – tried...
  • Barak: Hamas sustained serious blow

    12/31/2008 2:54:32 PM PST · by Cindy · 66 replies · 2,102+ views
    YNET ^ | 12.31.08, 23:56 / Israel News | n/a
    Defense Minister Ehud Barak visited a Beersheba school hit by a Grad rocket. During the visit, Barak said that "we delivered a serious blow to Hamas, and it continues to be hit – but it's also responding, as we can see." (Ilana Curiel)
  • Charges Referred Against One Detainee, Charges Dismissed Against Another

    12/22/2008 2:32:48 AM PST · by Cindy · 4 replies · 390+ views ^ | December 19, 2008 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 1028-08 December 19, 2008 Charges Referred Against One Detainee, Charges Dismissed Against Another Today the Convening Authority, Office of Military Commissions, referred charges to trial by military commission against 'Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri of Saudi Arabia. Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri is charged with participating in the planning and preparation for the attack on the USS Cole in the Port of Aden, Yemen, on Oct. 12, 2000. The attack killed 17 sailors, wounded 47 sailors, and severely damaged the ship. The Convening Authority directed that the charges be tried as a capital case,...
  • Somali Pirates Attack Cruise Ship (Shots fired at ship, nobody hurt, ship escapes)

    12/01/2008 8:22:57 AM PST · by Stoat · 54 replies · 2,578+ views
    Sky News (U.K.) ^ | November 30, 2008 | Steve Read
    A luxury cruise ship carrying scores of British passengers has come under attack from Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden.   The luxury cruise ship, Nautica, managed to avoid being hijacked  Two pirate boats opened fire on the six-star Nautica, as she sailed between Somalia and Yemen on Sunday.The cruise ship, which carries 690 passengers and 386 crew, was sailing past several groups of fishing boats when two small skiffs tried to intercept it.Captain Jurica Brajcic began evasive manoeuvres when the pirates were about 1,000 yards away from the ship and managed to avert the attack.While cargo ships...
  • 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...
  • My Solution To Somali Pirate Threat

    11/19/2008 9:29:55 PM PST · by ElKafir · 17 replies · 641+ views
    My Solution To Somali Pirate Threat: Private Escort Ship Believe it or not, shipping companies are afraid to hire private security operators and put them aboard their ships because they are afraidthey may be charged with human rights violations. On top of that, the last thing you want on an oil tanker is a gunfight between the guys protecting your ship and the pirates armed with RPGs and incendiary ammo. But if they would hire an armed ship as an escort, the shipping company wouldn't be responsible for what the crew of the hired escort ship does to the pirates...
  • Commandos answer SOS from Saudi, Indian vessels, scare off pirates

    11/19/2008 12:03:56 PM PST · by libh8er · 40 replies · 1,742+ views
    Times Of India ^ | 11.11.2008
    NEW DELHI: In dramatic action on the high seas, an Indian warship with its armed helicopter and elite marine commandos repulsed in quick succession attempts made by different bands of gun-toting pirates to hijack a Saudi and a Mumbai-based merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia on Tuesday morning. INS Tabar, a Talwar-class guided-missile stealth frigate, was cruising in the Gulf of Aden at about 10 am when it got a frantic distress call from Saudi Arabian chemical and oil carrier NCC Tihama. Tihamas call said two to three high-speed boats, with several armed men, were trying to...
  • Vessel Crews Thwart Pirate Attacks in Gulf of Aden

    10/29/2008 4:40:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 470+ views
    MANAMA, Bahrain, Oct. 29, 2008 – Proactive measures taken by masters and crews of targeted commercial shipping vessels thwarted five piracy attempts yesterday in the Gulf of Aden, Combined Maritime Forces officials reported. Even when shots were fired during two of these attacks, officials said, the crews of commercial shipping vessels conducted evasive maneuvering and used fire hoses to repel their attackers. “The proactive measures taken yesterday by merchant vessels are exactly what we have been recommending,” said Navy Vice Adm. William E. Gortney, commander of Combined Maritime Forces. “For slightly more than two months, the coalition has been working...
  • Prosecutors charge accused USS Cole mastermind (death penalty sought against Saudi at Gitmo)

    06/30/2008 2:52:31 PM PDT · by dead · 34 replies · 195+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jun 30, 2008
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. military prosecutors have requested the death penalty for the alleged mastermind behind the bombing of the USS Cole warship that killed 17 U.S. sailors in 2000, the Pentagon said on Monday. Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi Arabian national of Yemeni descent being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, faces eight charges, including murder and terrorism, for the attack in the Yemeni port of Aden on October 12, 2000, that wounded 47 sailors. Prosecutors have also charged al-Nashiri over a failed attack on another U.S. warship, the USS The Sullivans, in Aden in January 2000 and an attack...
  • A lucky day in the Gulf of Aden

    01/16/2008 4:21:59 AM PST · by Clive · 1 replies · 48+ views
    DND/Canadian Forces ^ | Charmion Chaplin-Thomas, CEFCOM Public Affairs
    Five Somalis in an open boat owe their lives to a chance encounter with a Canadian frigate in the Gulf of Aden. During the afternoon of January 7, lookouts aboard HMCS Charlottetown spotted a small boat with an odd blue sail that was not really a sail at all, but a plastic tarpaulin hung between two makeshift masts. The boat was hardly moving — not normal behaviour for a small vessel 30 miles from shore. Charlottetown is engaged in maritime security operations, so the next step was obvious: investigate. An approach team with a translator immediately set off in the...
  • Facing Reality in Somalia

    05/11/2006 7:01:59 AM PDT · by SuzyQ2 · 3 replies · 646+ views
    World Defense Review ^ | May 11, 2006 | J. Peter Pham
    Imagine a country within the greater Middle East ambit that has successfully made the transition to electoral democracy with multiparty municipal, presidential, and, most recently, parliamentary polls. Moreover, imagine that despite virtually all of its citizens being Sunni Muslims, the country's national elections commission designates a progressive, foreign-based Christian non-governmental organization to coordinate the international monitoring of its parliamentary elections. And imagine that the incumbent president's party takes a drubbing at the polls, winning barely a third of the seats. Most audiences, if I were to tell them that I was not conjuring up Utopia, but describing a real life...
  • German family kidnapped in Yemen (ex-Foreign Ministry official Chrobog taken hostage)

    12/28/2005 9:41:06 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 358+ views
    Agence France Presse | December 28, 2005
    A German family of five, including a former high-ranking diplomat, have become the latest foreigners taken hostage by tribesmen in Yemen, tribal sources said Wednesday. They were abducted from a restaurant on the road to from the southern port city of Aden from the eastern region of Shabwa, 480 kilometres (300 miles) east of the capital Sanaa, the source told AFP. He said they have been held for some three days and that their captors had demanded "the release of tribesmen imprisoned in Aden." A German foreign ministry spokesman confirmed the disappearance of Juergen Chrobog -- who served as...
  • The Sullivans

    11/18/2005 1:35:26 PM PST · by Dick Bachert · 42 replies · 1,723+ views
    Self ^ | 11-18-2005 | Dick Bachert
    Just back from a cruise out of Canaveral and wanted to share an experience while aboard the ship which may indicate that America ain’t what she used to be. Awoke the morning we pulled into Nassau and looked out the porthole to see two US Arleigh Burke class destroyers next to us. After the HUGE breakfast, strolled out onto deck 7 and got goose bumps when I noticed the shamrock on the stack of one of them. Walked aft to catch a view of the transom of that boat. It was the USS “THE SULLIVANS!" The goose bumps intensified as...
  • Italy (Local Prosecutor) Probes Possible CIA Role in Abduction (of Islamist)

    02/25/2005 10:12:26 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 11 replies · 1,016+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/25/2005 | John Crewdson
    Italy probes possible CIA role in abduction By John Crewdson (Chicago) Tribune senior correspondent An Italian prosecutor investigating the apparent kidnapping of a suspected Islamic militant in the streets of Milan served military authorities this week with a demand for records of flights into and out of a joint U.S.-Italian air base in northern Italy. Italian newspapers have reported that the prosecutor, Armando Spataro, is investigating the possible role of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in the disappearance of Osama Nasr Mostafa Hassan, better known as Abu Omar, a popular figure in Milan's Islamic community who vanished Feb. 17, 2003....
  • 12ga shotgun vs. 2 boats of Pirates

    03/20/2005 4:22:16 AM PST · by SLB · 235 replies · 7,348+ views
    The Highroad ^ | March 11, 2005 | Rodney J. Nowlin, USN Retire
    "We are safe in port of Aden. It‚s been 3 days repairing the damage. 30 bullets holes in deck, cabin house, dodger, and alas, newly varnished mast. Our bow shows evidence of a satisfying crunch. Our new paint job was not meant to be. Dinghy on deck was seriously wounded but in stable condition, much repatched. No wine was hurt. This is the „official‰ report filed with the Yemen Coast Guard, Yemen Navy, Aden Port Control, US Coalition 5th Fleet, US Embassy and State Department? but not Carol‚s mother. Unfortunately, the poor guy that shoots has to write up the...
  • 10 USS Cole suspects escape Yemeni jail (12/4/03)

    11/01/2004 3:32:38 PM PST · by LachlanMinnesota · 47 replies · 200+ views
    Daily Times ^ | 12-1-04 | Daily Times
    10 USS Cole suspects escape Yemeni jail SANAA: Ten Yemenis suspected of involvement in the deadly October 2000 attack on the USS Cole escaped from a jail Friday in the southern port of Aden, local authorities said. The men broke out of a window around 5:00 am (0200 GMT) and the jailers realized about an hour later that they were gone, said the officials, who requested anonymity. Among those who escaped was Jamal Badawi, one of the principal suspects held over the attack, which killed 17 US sailors and was claimed by Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda terrorist network. Local officials...
  • Yemen - Six charged in USS Cole bombing

    07/07/2004 12:50:12 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 13 replies · 1,035+ views
    Associated Press | July 7, 2004
    SAN'A, Yemen (AP) --A Yemeni security court on Wednesday charged six Yemenis in the planning of the October, 2000 bombing of the USS Cole and said they belonged to Osama bin Laden's terrorist network. Seventeen American sailors were killed when two suicide bombers in an explosives-laden boat rammed the USS Cole as it refueled in the southern port city of Aden. The bombing was blamed on bin Laden's al-Qaida terror network. Among the six charged in San'a Wednesday was accused mastermind Abdel Rahim al-Nasheri, said to be in U.S. custody, but it was unclear where. The other five were...
  • 700 Glengarried Men .... Just in case we forget that we have seen the likes of Fallujah before.

    04/01/2004 10:40:49 PM PST · by ijcr · 8 replies · 358+ views
    1st Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Tour of Aden The song "700 Gengarried Men" was written by a serving officers son in the period after the Battalion had left Aden, when the Argylls were threatened with disbandment. The song played a major part in the successful " Save the Argylls" campaign. We'd like to say a big thank you to ex Argylls John Aitken AKA "Big Bits", William Morton AKA "Big Mo", Ray Vearnals and Roy Strachan for supplying us with the words to the song. We'd also like to thank Sgt. Eddie Rae, a serving NCO of the 1st...
  • Repost: US seeks alliance with Moscow for raid on bin Laden

    03/24/2004 5:51:25 PM PST · by mrsmith · 23 replies · 477+ views ^ | 22 November 2000 | Ahmed Rashid
    THE United States is seeking Russian help to launch military action against the bases of the wanted Islamic terrorist Osama bin Laden and other extremist groups in Afghanistan. According to counter-terrorist experts in Washington, the Clinton administration has determined that he was behind the bombing of the destroyer Cole last month in Aden, in which 17 American sailors died. A counter-terrorism expert in Washington said America was seeking help from Russia and a number of central Asian states in launching reprisal raids against Bin Laden's bases in Afghanistan. Intense diplomatic activity was also under way around the region to garner...
  • Nine suspects in USS Cole bombing arrested

    03/16/2004 4:49:37 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 225+ views
    Sac Bee | 3/16/04 | Ahmed Al-Haz - AP
    <p>SAN`A, Yemen (AP) - Nine suspects in the 2000 bombing of the destroyer USS Cole have been arrested, the government said Tuesday, including eight who escaped from jail last year.</p> <p>Interior Minister Rashad al-Eleimi said authorities were closing in on two suspects still at large following their April jail break in the southern port city of Aden, a major embarrassment to the Yemeni government. The bombing in Aden killed 17 U.S. sailors and has been blamed on Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network.</p>