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Russia urges UN to call for ‘humanitarian pause’ in Yemen

Jordanian Ambassador to the United Nations Dina Kawar speaks to reporters outside a Security Council consultation, April 4, 2015, at the United Nations headquarters. Saudi Arabia is ready to discuss Russia s proposition to introduce pauses in air strikes on Yemen for delivering humanitarian aid and evacuating civilians. (Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP) UNITED NATIONS Russia urged the U.N. Security Council on Saturday to call for a “humanitarian pause” in airstrikes by a Saudi-led military coalition to help evacuate foreigners from Yemen and unhindered access to deliver aid to civilians caught in the fighting between Shiite rebels and supporters of the country’s beleaguered president.

Russia called an emergency meeting of the council and circulated a draft resolution demanding “regular and obligatory” breaks in airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi Shiite rebels to allow foreign personnel to leave the country. It makes no mention of a halt to fighting by the Houthis. The draft, obtained by The Associated Press, also demands “rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches people in need.” After the meeting, Jordan’s U.N.

Ambassador Dina Kawar, the current council president, said members “reiterated concern over the grave humanitarian situation” and again called for implementation of a resolution demanding an end to the fighting in Yemen and a return to negotiations. She said council members need time to consider the Russian draft resolution. The Gulf Cooperation Council previously proposed a draft resolution that would impose an arms embargo on the Houthis, whose main backer is Iran.

Kawar said talks would continue Saturday between a few council members and the GCC on both measures. The GCC includes Yemen’s neighbors Saudi Arabia and Oman as well as Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. “We hope that by Monday we can come up with something,” Kawar said. Russia’s Deputy U.N.

Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov told reporters as he headed into the closed meeting that a pause is “very important” to help diplomats and civilians caught in the war. Saudi Arabia’s U.N. Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi said his country has already made arrangements for the evacuation of foreigners. “The desire to provide assistance to those who need it is something we share,” he said, adding that U.N.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon should determine and facilitate the best way to assist the needy. Britain’s Deputy U.N. Ambassador Peter Wilson expressed regret for any civilian casualties, but said Britain continues to support the Saudi-led military action against the Houthis in response to “a legitimate request” from embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who fled from Yemen to Saudi Arabia last week.

Houthi advances in southern Yemen have created turmoil and led to the swift unraveling of the country’s military and other forces still loyal to Hadi.

AP News – Romanian security officer kidnapped from Burkina Faso mine

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) A senior military official in Burkina Faso says a Romanian security officer has been kidnapped from a mining site in the north of the nation. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity since he was not authorized to short the media, said Saturday that the Romanian was kidnapped by five assailants who attacked his convoy through a patrol. He mentioned the Romanian also has French citizenship.

The incident took place close to the manganese mine run by Pan African Minerals in the town of Tambao, positioned in the northeast corner of Burkina Faso close to the borders with Mali and Niger. The official stated it was unclear exactly where the assailants came from. Northern Mali, that borders northeast Burkina Faso, fell to separatist rebels and then al-Qaida-linked Islamic extremists in 2012.

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Army Battles Taliban for Tirah Valley

File Photo. Tariq Mahmood AFP Military hopes to secure strategic location regarded as home of Lashkar-e-Islam and Pakistani Taliban. High in the mountains along the Afghan border, Pakistan s fight against the Taliban is focusing on their last, fearsome redoubt the notorious Tirah Valley, home to renegades and rebels for centuries.

The military has mounted a series of airstrikes and ground assaults in Tirah in recent weeks that it says have captured key passes in a remote region that has never before come under full government control. The operation in Tirah, part of Khyber Agency, aims to build on the Army s offensive against strongholds of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other militant groups in nearby North Waziristan that began in June last year. Last month the Army said it killed at least 230 militants in Tirah, which has long been a hideout for TTP ally Lashkar-e-Islam.

Security officials in the northwest told AFP that the so-called Khyber-II operation to shut down the Lashkar s hideouts in Tirah began in earnest on March 18, and ground skirmishes are continuing. Chief military spokesman Maj. Gen.

Asim Bajwa tweeted last week that the strategic Masatul pass, which links to Afghanistan s restive Nangarhar province, had been secured. A security source in the northwest said other important passes had also been taken. We have taken over three main strategic locations by moving ground forces to Masatul Pass, Takhtakai Mountain and Sokh area, said one security source.

With these gains, we have blocked their movement from and to Orakzai tribal region, Kurram, Bara and Afghanistan. The area is remote and off-limits to journalists, making it difficult to verify the Army s claims and the number and identity of those killed. TTP spokesman Muhammad Khurasani denied the claims, saying his group has killed 30 soldiers so far and lost only three militants.

If the operation is a success and the military brings Tirah under government control, it will end the renegade status the area has enjoyed for hundreds of years. Tirah s geography makes it an almost perfect hideout. Rather than a single valley, it is a network of peaks and vales covering an area of 1,500-1,800 square kilometers at altitudes of up to 2,500 meters.

The valleys are steep-sided and covered to a large extent with dense woodland.

There are no roads in the area, with locals largely relying on mules and horses for transport

TNI agrees to secure country’s

The Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna H. Laoly signed a cooperation agreement with the Indonesian Military (TNI) on Thursday under which the military will deploy its personnel to guard prisons throughout the country as the ministry has run short of qualified prison guards. The TNI has quite good human resources that we need for prison guards.

Currently we lack personnel to guard the prisons, Yasonna told reporters at TNI headquarters in Cilangkap, East Jakarta on Thursday. Yasonna said that many prisons, holding hundreds of inmates and detainees at times only had between seven and 10 prison guards. Under the agreement with the TNI, the ministry will join TNI chief Gen.

Moeldoko in selecting military personnel who will be assigned to take on the work. He said priority would be given to personnel who were nearing their retirement. These personnel are well-trained and the ministry won t need to arrange extra training for them.

They are ready for deployment, Yasonna said, adding that the ministry needed at least 220 such personnel this year. The agreement covers a number of issues from details of security for prisons to prisoner development and prison guard training. The agreement would also allow for the TNI to provide psychological training for prison guards, discipline coaching for prisoners, security assistance for certain prisons, personnel deployment as prison guards and the loan of non-standard TNI weapons to the directorate general of correctional institutions of the Law and Human Rights Ministry.

TNI to deploy personnel to guard prisons Military can also lend weapons to prison authorities Rights group has warned of TNI overreach Yasonna has also personally asked the TNI chief to provide firearms for prison guards, especially at correctional facilities that are vulnerable to security threats. Moeldoko said the TNI had run a check on which resources it could soon deploy for the task. Prisons in Sumatra, for instance, will get reinforcements from our military commands in Sumatra.

With this arrangement, the soldiers can remain close to their families, Moeldoko said. Moeldoko added that the TNI would provide the assistance for as long as necessary. If the ministry finds other sources of human resources that meet its standards, we won t need to help them anymore, he said.

In recent months, the TNI has signed agreements with various counterparts, including ministries, state-owned enterprises and state institutions. Data from rights group Imparsial shows that the TNI has so far signed 21 agreements. One of the latest agreements was between the TNI and the transportation minister on Feb.

20. Under the agreement the TNI will be able to deploy its personnel to secure vital transportation facilities like seaports, airports, railway networks and bus stations. On Jan.

8 the Army and the Agriculture Ministry signed an agreement on agriculture cooperation, which will allow the military from regional commands throughout the country to provide assistance to local governments and their respective agriculture agencies. Imparsial has expressed concern about the signing of such agreements and called on President Joko Jokowi Widodo to annul them. The President should revoke all the agreements and bring the TNI back to its original role, Al Araf of Imparsial said.

Previously, Moeldoko said the TNI had won the blessing of Jokowi to take part in non-security programs, especially development programs in the country. Moeldoko has insisted that the TNI will not revert to the socio-political role it performed during the New Order era. The TNI doesn t have any intention of returning to the New Order.

We have to draw the line between what is past and present, Moeldoko said recently.

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Russia to Send Military Aid to Tajikistan to Fight ISIS

Russia is set to deliver a $1.23 billion military aid and equipment package to the Republic of Tajikistan, according to a Russian general staff member, Polly Mosendz writes for Newsweek.

1 The reports come after the most recent session of the CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization) this week in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. The CSTO is called by the Moscow Times a loose Moscow-led security alliance of several former Soviet states. The Kremlin is the primary source of financing for the organization s military operation.

The assistance package will include small arms, ammunition for aircraft and air defense launchers as well as communication systems, according to the Interfax. Russia says the equipment will be utilized to fight the Islamic State, which it says is a growing threat in Tajikistan. Read more at Newsweek.

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NC4 Announces Cyber Threat Exchange for Leading Defense Organizations

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. , April 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ NC4, a leader in revolutionizing safety and security, today announced that it is supporting the Defense Security Information Exchange 1 (DSIE, also known as the DIB-ISAO) to provide its Cyber Threat Exchange Solutions 2 for cyber threat information sharing. NC4 operates Cyber Threat Exchanges for over 30 trusted communities serving over 3,000 companies, government organizations, and 16,000 IT security professionals. Cyber information sharing among trusted professional communities is becoming increasingly important as noted by recent White House and Congressional activities.

The White House focused on cyber threat sharing in the State of the Union, a Cyber Summit, and executive orders. Senate and House congressional committees are also working on cyber threat information sharing legislation. NC4 is the leading operator of Cyber Threat Exchanges for trusted communities such as: We are pleased to be supporting DSIE in their cyber sharing initiatives to help protect our critical infrastructure, remarked Jim Montagnino, NC4 President and CEO.

The work being done by this key community shows the importance of building circles of trust and in working together to collectively build a safer nation. The DSIE is comprised of Defense Industrial Base members who pioneered solutions to the challenges of building trust across organizational boundaries. The focus of the organization is to share information and mitigation strategies on cyber related attacks.

DSIE uses the NC4 s Cyber Threat Exchange to quickly notify members about critical cyber threat information.