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France to Help Landlocked Ethiopia Build Navy

France agreed to help landlocked Ethiopia build a navy
The loss of French influence in Africa is not only attributable to China but its arrogance too. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, Pool)


Ethiopia and France agreed their first military cooperation accord on Tuesday, a deal that includes helping the landlocked nation build a navy, as Paris seeks to boost economic ties in Africa’s second-most populous country.
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Mohamed bin Zayed Receives President of Eritrea

The talks centered on enhancing the warm bilateral ties that exist between the two countries

Sheikh Mohamed welcomed President Afwerki and discussed with him bilateral ties between the UAE and Eritrea and ways to enhance them.


His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, today received President of Eritrea, Isaias Afwerki, who is currently visiting the country. Continue reading Mohamed bin Zayed Receives President of Eritrea

Expanding Naval Presence in the Red Sea

Moves by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to expand their military reach across the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden have long-term objectives. The most prominent is blocking Iranian ad­vances in the region. (Image Credit: Ramachandra Babu/©Gulf News)

By Francis Mattew | Gulf News,

The UAE is establishing two naval bases in the Red Sea in Somaliland’s Berbera and Eritrea’s Assab at the same time that Saudi Arabia is boosting its naval presence in the south Red Sea with a naval base in Djibouti.

A few years ago, such a forceful presence would have been to combat Somali pirates, but today the threat is from a burgeoning Iranian presence in north Yemen, where Iran is backing Al Houthi rebels against the Yemeni government backed by the Saudi-led coalition in which the UAE plays a vigorous part.

On February 12, the parliament of the self-declared Republic of Somaliland agreed to allow the UAE to set up a military base in Berbera. The scale of what is planned is unclear, but the UAE is already constructing an air and naval base in Eritrea at the Red Sea port of Assab under a 2015 agreement, from which it has already mounted operations in the Yemen, 60km to the east across the Red Sea. Continue reading Expanding Naval Presence in the Red Sea

U.S. Struggling to Contain al Qaeda in Yemen

Fighters loyal to the government gather at the site of a suicide car bombing in Yemens southern city of Aden, Yemen, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. The bombing claimed by the Islamic State group in Aden has killed over 50 pro-government troops who had been preparing to travel to Saudi Arabia to fight Houthi rebels in Yemens north. Yemen is embroiled in a civil war pitting the internationally recognized government and a Saudi-led coalition against the Shiite Houthi rebels, who are allied with army units loyal to a former president. The fighting has allowed al Qaeda and an IS affiliate to expand their reach, particularly in the south. (AP Photo/Wael Qubady)

By Carlo Muñoz | The Washington Times,

The United States is struggling to contain al Qaeda’s formidable terror cell in Yemen, despite a devastating aerial campaign coupled with an extended American military presence on the ground, according to the White House’s top counterterrorism official.

The battle against the jihadi terror cell, known as al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has been overshadowed by the ongoing fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, National Counterterrorism Center chief Nick Rasmussen said Wednesday. Continue reading U.S. Struggling to Contain al Qaeda in Yemen