Thursday, 23 November, 2017

US Defense Secretary Mattis visits strategic Djibouti

James Mattis urges France to continue the fight against terror in Africa as he visits strategic Djibouti US Defense Secretary Mattis visits strategic Djibouti
Ron Matthews | 27 April, 2017, 10:43

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis expressed concerns about the resurgence of Somali piracy during a visit to the American military base in Djibouti.

"We look for our partners in that part of the continent to really carry the fight there", General Thomas Waldhauser, commander of USA forces in Africa, told a press conference with Mattis.

The number of attacks peaked in 2011 before dropping to zero, mainly as a result of naval patrols and improved security measures by shipping companies.

This month has seen a new rash of attacks, with two ships captured and a third rescued by Indian and Chinese forces after the crew radioed for help and locked themselves in a safe room.

Somali pirates hijacked a Comoros-flagged vessel carrying fuel in early March, the first time that pirates had taken control of a commercial ship in the region since 2012.

USA officials are reluctant to label a recent spike in piracy off the waters of Somalia as a trend.

More than 20 million people from Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen are in danger of dying from starvation within the next six months, according to the U.N. World Food Program.

Mr Mattis' trip also comes amid a recent surge in piracy off the coast of Somalia. It also hosts Japanese and French bases.

Djibouti, which is about the size of Wales, is on the route to the Suez Canal.

The U.S. base of 4,000 troops is located just miles from a Chinese base, still under construction, Reuters reported.

Mattis' visit to the base comes as the United States has been increasing pressure on militant groups such as al Shabaab in the region.

Camp Lemonnier, home to some 4,000 U.S. soldiers and contractors, is vital to United States military operations in Somalia against militant groups like Al-Shabaab, and also provides support for USA operations in Yemen, where special forces regularly carry out drone strikes against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The group continues to carry out deadly bombings despite losing much of its territory to African Union peacekeepers supporting the government in Somalia.

The U.S. has a fleet of fighter, bomber, transport, surveillance and refueling aircraft at Qatar's al-Udeid air base, which also is home to an operations center that coordinates U.S. air missions throughout the Mideast and in Afghanistan.

Recommended

  • HBO's 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks'

    HBO's 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks'

    This film is based on the best-selling non-fiction book of the same name by science journalist, Rebecca Skloot . It's easy to see what the attraction was for the 63-year-old Winfrey, in one of her infrequent acting forays.

    Chelsea's Antonio Conte backing Eden Hazard to put team first

    But, we only get to peak in. " Chelsea are used to winning trophies, it's a winning team, and maybe they have more experience than us".

    Ivanka Trump heads to Berlin for women's conference

    House Speaker Paul Ryan, the most powerful Republican in Congress, made clear as much in a speech in London on Wednesday. She has hosted women's business roundtables at the White House and discussed economic policies with foreign leaders.
  • Turkey's Rights Crackdown Comes Under Deeper Scrutiny

    Turkey's Rights Crackdown Comes Under Deeper Scrutiny

    Turkey, a founding member of the Council of Europe, had been under post-monitoring dialogue since 2004. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe degraded Turkey's status to "under monitoring".

    Lawyers want Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction dismissed

    According to the magazine, Lloyd allegedly had knowledge of Hernandez's closeted gay tendencies that he would kill to protect. Early Monday, a MA judge ordered that the family will receive redacted versions of three suicide notes Hernandez left behind.

    Future of revamped health care bill remains dubious in House

    House Republican leaders are downplaying the likelihood that changes to the GOP health-care bill proposed by leading moderate Rep. The post Possible shutdown, health care quagmire awaiting Congress appeared first on PBS NewsHour .
  • United need Griezmann - Silvestre backs proven goalscorer to emulate Rooney

    United need Griezmann - Silvestre backs proven goalscorer to emulate Rooney

    The Daily Mail has claimed that Atletico are trying to keep Griezmann in Spain with a new contract offer, which would increase his buyout clause.

    Ann Coulter's backers at UC Berkeley file lawsuit

    It seeks an injunction against what it called Berkeley's "selective" enforcement of its own policies on high-profile speakers. Warren said, " Ann Coulter has just gotten a much bigger platform because someone tried to deny her a chance to speak".
    Jamaica Test: Misbah stranded on 99, Pakistan take control against Windies

    Jamaica Test: Misbah stranded on 99, Pakistan take control against Windies

    Misbah's 47 has used up 128 balls, including a six off Royston Chase on the last ball of the session. There've been many great players in Pakistan cricket, but no one managed to achieve this milestone.
  • Turkey election board 'rejects referendum annulment bid'

    Turkey election board 'rejects referendum annulment bid'

    President Donald Trump, meanwhile, ignored the concerns about voting irregularities and congratulated Erdogan on his referendum victory.
    US sets up missile defense in S. Korea as North shows power

    US sets up missile defense in S. Korea as North shows power

    Tensions have escalated since Trump took office three months ago, determined to halt Pyongyang's nuclear and missile advances. In Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said THAAD would upset the "strategic balance" in the region.
    Westbrook goes on rant defending Thunder teammates

    Westbrook goes on rant defending Thunder teammates

    But he also took two back-to-back, ill-advised threes in the game's closing moments to put the nail in the Thunder's coffin. Houston SG Eric Gordon was called for a technical foul in the second quarter after arguing for a foul after a made layup.

Researchers discover caterpillars that can chew and breakdown plastic Researchers discover caterpillars that can chew and breakdown plastic After 40 minutes, holes began to appear in the bag, and after 12 hours, the scientists observed a 92mg reduction in plastic mass. Turns out there is a type of plastic that can be easily biodegraded.

United CEO says no one will be fired for dragging incident United signaled on Sunday that it will no longer let its staff take the seats of already boarded passengers on overbooked flights. "You can and should expect more from us, and as CEO I take full responsibility for making this right ", Munoz said.

NASA's Jeff Norris joins Apple to work on AR hardware NASA's Jeff Norris joins Apple to work on AR hardware Also, Norris was involved in Microsoft program that sends HoloLens headsets to the astronauts to the International Space Station. Apple is hiring former NASA and Tesla employees as part of a self-driving vehicle initiative, according to several reports.

Samsung and LG reportedly working on smartphones with four-sided curved displays If Samsung or LG decide to make a phone with the four-sided curved display, they will need to address this major issue first. Apple has released its iPhone 7 Plus in September 2016, while Samsung has brought its Galaxy S8 this month (April 2017).

Unicef to immunise 30000 Somali children against measles So far, all of those infected with measles in this outbreak are 5 years old or younger. The threat of starvation once again looms large over Somalia.

Serena Williams is pregnant with her first child Australians Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Margaret Court also won grand slam titles after having children. There is recent precedent for tennis players to return to action after becoming mothers.

IMF foresees global economy accelerating to 3.5 pct. in '17 IMF foresees global economy accelerating to 3.5 pct. in '17 Oil prices have surged almost 40 percent in the past year, partly because oil-producing countries agreed to curb production. With unemployment standing at 6.4% in 2016, the numbers are expected to go down to 5.9% in 2017 and 5.7% in 2018.

Thomas scores 33, Celtics beat Bulls 104-95 to tie series Michael Carter-Williams, who, like starter Jerian Grant , was mostly ineffective, had replaced Canaan during this run. Green played 23 minutes in the game and went of 7 of 13 from the field, while also grabbing seven rebounds.

North Korea 'ready to attack' North Korea 'ready to attack' North Korea recently delivered a gruesome reminder that it has an arsenal of chemical weapons and is willing to use them. It says China hopes for a peaceful outcome, but that Beijing has "very limited influence on the entire situation".

Arkansas Supreme Court rejects death row stays Arkansas Supreme Court rejects death row stays The two Arkansas inmates were put to death Monday, in the nation's first double execution in more than 16 years. Phillips was strangled to death with a coffee pot cord while her 11-year-old daughter Lacey was tied to a chair.

Amid intensified competition, T-Mobile eyes more subscribers Amid intensified competition, T-Mobile eyes more subscribers Also, Director W Michael Barnes sold 22,500 shares of the company's stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 30th. Ten investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fourteen have assigned a buy rating to the company's stock.

Key Indian equity indices open in green The largest bank by market capitalisation had announced 18.2 per cent growth in net profit for the March-quarter on Friday. In the broader markets, BSE Midcap and BSE Smallcap indices jumped 0.8 per cent and 0.6 per cent respectively.

Remake of Classic 'Your Brain on Drugs' Ad Slams Disastrous Drug War Remake of Classic 'Your Brain on Drugs' Ad Slams Disastrous Drug War Tony Newman, director of media relations at the Drug Policy Alliance, wrote about the ad in a statement on DPA's official website. I had a crush on her then and I'm pretty sure the older me still has a little crush on the older Rachel Leigh Cook.

State Department Website Features Trump's For-Profit Club, Mar-A-Lago State Department Website Features Trump's For-Profit Club, Mar-A-Lago In recent weeks, Trump has received both the prime minister of Japan and the president of China at the resort. The post was available to all embassies through Share America, a State Department program for USA embassies.

This is what Earth looks like from Saturn This is what Earth looks like from Saturn Now nearly out of fuel, Cassini will be set on a collision course with Saturn by the maneuver that will send it flying over Titan. At first glance, it looks like a mere white dot, but it is actually an image of the Earth in between the icy rings of Saturn.