France seizes ship with ‘hundreds of weapons’ heading for Yemen

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  1. Falcon

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    The United States says a ship carrying hundreds of weapons, which was captured by the French Navy in the Indian Ocean, originated from Iran, and that the cargo was destined for Yemeni rebels through Somalia. The ship was seized on March 20 by a French warship patrolling the Indian Ocean as part of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). The CMF is a multinational naval fleet that aims to implement United Nations sanctions on Somalia. The sanctions are designed to frustrate the activities of al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-linked Somali militant group, and to put an end to maritime piracy in the Horn of Africa.

    The ship carrying the weapons is believed to have been initially spotted by a French helicopter that was conducting surveillance flights in support of CMF’s mission. Soon after boarding the ship, French forces discovered large amounts of weaponry. A statement posted on the CMF website said that the ship was found to be carrying “several hundred AK47 assault rifles, machine guns and anti-tank weapons”. The French Ministry of Defense said that the vessel was not registered to any country and that the crew of 10 was multinational. All crew members were released after being questioned by their French captors.


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    Vergennes Captain Staff Member Ret. Military International Mod

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    A pic posted by the French MoD.

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    this shows how the region is interconnected,
     
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    On one side there are terrorists groups in the region but on the other side there is probably an organized crime component as well. International arms trafficking is worth $60 billion, much of the trafficking takes place in Africa and the Middle East.
     
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    Yemen used to benefit immensely from the conflict in somalia ,and Yeman used to channel weapons to Somali warlords which reached far away regions like central africa republic.but since this conflict begun and somalia has shown little stability,there is weapon supply demand from yemen.the situation has almost reversed.

    Somali federal republic police need to be strenghtened to curb on the flow of illegal weapons,a stable somalia is in the benefit of US And neighbouring countries like kenya and Ethiopia.not gonna happen under president elect Trump,so it has to wait.
     
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