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African piracy a threat to U.S. security?

UPI SecurityIndustry  March 19, 2012

WASHINGTON, March 19 (UPI) — Pirate attacks on merchant vessels in Africa pose a threat with ripple effects for U.S. homeland security and must be tackled as such, security industry experts say.

The industry’s experts want specialist teams from commercial security firms deployed on every ship that sails in the danger zone in east Africa, where most recent piracy incidents have taken place.

“Success at sea by the early Somali pirates has attracted major organized-crime syndicates, Muslim extremists and a more robust and sophisticated confederacy of operatives,” Jim Jorrie, chief executive officer of ESPADA marine services argued in the March 2012 issue of Homeland Security Today magazine.

“While this is all happening half a world away, it has put more operating cash in the hands of extremists, including al-Qaida — and that should be of no small concern for us in the United States,” Jorrie said

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March 19, 2012 Posted by | Africa, Maritime Security, Pirates, Private Security Contractor, Somalia | , , , , | Leave a comment

Iraq bans security firms on oil fields

UPI  March 19, 2012

BAGHDAD, March 19 (UPI) — With U.S. forces gone from Iraq, Baghdad has banned foreign security contractors, long abhorred by Iraqis, from the 12 major oil fields being developed by international companies, mainly in the south.

But the government may find that hard to enforce.

Iraq’s military and security forces, still being trained by Americans, have shown themselves incapable of maintaining stability and protecting these vital and vulnerable facilities amid a surge in political violence since the U.S. withdrawal was completed Dec. 18.

The order by Iraq’s Oil Ministry was issued Feb. 29 and signed by Director General Faisal Walid. The contractors, the ministry declared, will be replaced by Iraq’s Oil Police who “will provide the necessary protection.”

Whether the 31,000-strong U.S.-trained force is capable of shielding Iraq’s vast oil and gas infrastructure, that includes 4,500 miles of pipelines which Baghdad is expanding under a $50 billion upgrade program, remains to be seen.

The ban reflects a wider drive by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Shiite-dominated government to impose tough restrictions on the tens of thousands of private security personnel who remain in Iraq, and eventually to throw them all out

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March 19, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Iraq, Legal Jurisdictions, Private Security Contractor | , , , , | Leave a comment

UK sailors injured in Oman boat blast

Arabian Business.com

An explosion on-board an Omani warship undergoing sea trials off the coast of England injured three British sailors, it was reported.

The 99m long Al Shamikh vessel was undergoing a pre-delivery testing operation off the coast of Dorset in the UK when the blast occurred, according to local newspaperthe Dorchester People.

The ship, which was due to be handed over to the Sultanate of Oman Navy later this year, was carrying a crew of Omani sailors and employees of British military contractor BAE Systems.

According to reports, three of the sailors were injured during the blast and taken to Dorset County Hospital, and the ship was covered with a tarpaulin following the incident.

The circumstances of the explosion remain unclear, but BAE Systems confirmed that the incident occurred during test firings.
Upon its arrival in Oman, the ship is expected to take part in patrols off the coast of the country, help defend Omani waters and aid peacekeeping and anti-piracy operations.

This is the second time the Al Shamikh has had difficulties during its test stage. BAE said it also experienced engineering issues during sea trials last year.

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March 19, 2012 Posted by | Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , | Leave a comment