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UAE ‘Downsizing’ Eritrea Military Base

UAE Assab military base
The United Arab Emirates is withdrawing at least some of its forces from a base it established in 2015 at Assab airport in Eritrea to support operations in Yemen and the Red Sea, satellite imagery published by the Associated Press on 18 February indicates.

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS

The United Arab Emirates is dismantling parts of a military base it runs in the East African nation of Eritrea after it pulled back from the grinding war in nearby Yemen, satellite photos analyzed by The Associated Press show. Continue reading UAE ‘Downsizing’ Eritrea Military Base

Turkey-UAE Rivalry in Somalia Raising Tensions

In Somalia, which already lacks a strong central government, the foreign military presence risks aggravating matters and contributing to the country’s disintegration

Jockeying for political influence. Gulf crisis spills into Somalia, threatening its short-lived ‘peace’.

BY MUSTAFA SALAMA | MIDDLE EAST EYE

Late last month, Somalia called on the United Nations Security Council to halt the construction of a UAE military base in Somaliland. Somalia’s ambassador to the UN slammed the deal to build the base in the port city of Berbera as a “clear violation of international law”. Continue reading Turkey-UAE Rivalry in Somalia Raising Tensions

Has the time Come for Eritrea to Join the Arab League as a Full-member?

Not being a member of a supportive regional organization has been a clear disadvantage for Eritrea thus far. Could a full membership in the Arab League be worth the shot?

BY BEREKET KIDANE

Since 2003, Eritrea has been an observer state at the Arab League, headquartered in Cairo.  But has the time come for Eritrea to upgrade its observer status to a full-member at the Arab League?  The Arab League is a regional organization with 22 members at present.  All of Eritrea’s neighbors on the African Red Sea coast, including Djibouti, Sudan, and Somalia are full members of the regional organization.  As an observer at the Arab League, Eritrea can go to some of the meetings but not all. Continue reading Has the time Come for Eritrea to Join the Arab League as a Full-member?

Yemen War Adds to Rising Fears for Ships in Horn of Africa

The crisis in Yemen is spilling over into both sides of the Bab Al Mandab strait as escalation in ship attacks and a spike in piracy now threaten all shipping that seeks to transit one of the busiest and most strategic maritime bottlenecks in the world.

BY JONATHAN SAUL | REUTERS

Yemen’s worsening conflict is contributing to a spike in piracy in the region, with Somali pirates taking advantage of a reduced international naval presence and more readily available weaponry to carry out attacks.

“The regional instability caused by Yemen is important,” Colonel Richard Cantrill, chief of staff with the European Union’s counter piracy mission EU NAVFOR, told Reuters last week. Continue reading Yemen War Adds to Rising Fears for Ships in Horn of Africa

Somaliand Not Concerned by Ethiopian PM Comments: Minister

BACKSTABBING. Ethiopia starts playing “Injera Diplomacy” against Somaliland with Somalia.

BY THE NATIONAL – SOMALILAND

The government of the Republic of Somaliland [not yet recognized] has officially responded to statements made by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn last week during a joint press conference with Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo, who was in the country on a state visit. Continue reading Somaliand Not Concerned by Ethiopian PM Comments: Minister