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The Real Deal on the War in Yemen

How to bring an end to the war in Yemen
The ongoing war in Yemen, one of the Arab world’s poorest countries, is far more complex than a Sunni-Shia conflict.


The latest war in Yemen, ongoing since 2015, started when the Houthi tribes in the north made a deal with former President Saleh (whose son remained head of the army under the agreement made with the Saudis to get him to vacate the Yemen Presidency) to work together to conquer all of Yemen militarily. Continue reading The Real Deal on the War in Yemen

DP World Eyes Eritrea’s Assab and Massawa Ports after Djibouti Troubles

The Dubai-based harbor operator is evaluating its strategy and Eritrea could be key

“Eritrea’s strategic location near the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, a key shipping lane used by oil tankers & other cargo vessels en route to the Suez Canal, makes it an attractive investment destination.” – CEO, DP World


The Red Sea state of Eritrea may play a key role in DP World Ltd.’s plans in the Horn of Africa, where a dozen ports could be needed to service the region, Chief Executive Officer Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said. Continue reading DP World Eyes Eritrea’s Assab and Massawa Ports after Djibouti Troubles

No Eritrea Support to Al-Shabaab: UN Report

The Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea has, for its fourth consecutive mandate, not found any  conclusive evidence of support provided by Eritrea to Al-Shabaab.

A Wild Goose Chase. Given that the Monitoring Group has been unable to find conclusive evidence of Eritrean support for Al-Shabaab in Somalia for four consecutive mandates, the Group, instead of lifting the sanctions, recommends the disassociation the sanction regimes for Eritrea from Somalia so that Eritrea to have a separate Security Council sanctions committee and a separate monitoring group of its own.


On behalf of the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 751 (1992) and 1907 (2009) concerning Somalia and Eritrea, and in accordance with paragraph 40 of Security Council resolution 2317 (2016), I, the Chair, have the honour to transmit herewith the report on Eritrea of the Monitoring Group. Continue reading No Eritrea Support to Al-Shabaab: UN Report

Chinese Naval Base in Djibouti Nears Completion

This large facility is located near a crucial maritime choke point and America’s only full military base in Africa. The likelihood of increased military espionage from China will severely undercut American presence and influence in the region.

By Anthony Chibarirwe | The Trumpet,

The first Chinese military base abroad is nearing completion, and the new reality is beginning to sink in: The new China is assertive and militarily advanced.

After two years of media pronouncements and public relations campaigns, and after one year of construction, China’s naval base in the East African nation of Djibouti is now a reality: It will begin operations later this year. Continue reading Chinese Naval Base in Djibouti Nears Completion

Somaliland Agrees to UAE Military Base

Somaliland’s parliament has overwhelming approved a deal to allow the United Arab Emirates to establish an air and naval base in the port town of Berbera.

Somaliland’s Aviation Minister said the deal is valid for 25 year, and after it expires the Somaliland government will “own the military base and all the investment made by the UAE.”

By Abdi Guled | AP News,

Somalia’s breakaway northern territory of Somaliland has said the United Arab Emirates can establish a military base in its territory.

The Emirati government in January submitted a formal application seeking permission from the Somaliland government to open a military base in the port town of Berbera.

The parliament of Somaliland on Sunday approved the UAE plan. The plan is controversial and the neighboring countries of Ethiopia and Djibouti are opposed to it, according to local reports. Continue reading Somaliland Agrees to UAE Military Base