MAST’s weekly security report issue 341 is available to read now.
In Somalia, hundreds of thousands have now been displaced by the worst drought in a decade. Terror group, Al Shabaab, has continued its actions against government forces in the country, while AFRICOM report an airstrike against the group. Political relations between Kenya and Somalia continue to improve, with a resumption of flights between the two countries. In Yemen, the al-Houthi group has vowed not to allow Israel to dominate the Red Sea, while President Biden has discussed the situation with the Saudi royal family.
In the UK, there have again been a number of terror-related court cases, while security experts warn that not enough is being done to combat the threat of extreme right-wing terrorism in the UK. Calls have been made for greater funding for MI5. Crime has been in the spotlight, with the Met Police announcing that luxury watch ‘knifepoint’ thefts have increased in London by 60%. The gang responsible for a number of high profile robberies and burglaries involving football players have received long prison sentences in the past week.
In global security news, the UK Ministry of Defence reported that Russia’s Wagner group is recruiting convicts in the country’s fight against Ukraine, while President Putin has admitted that Western sanctions are impacting his country’s high tech sector. In Libya, there are moves towards a political truce between the country’s prime minister and warlord, Khalifa Haftar.
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