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HMS Brocklesby Clears Libyan Harbour Mine

first_img View post tag: Navy May 6, 2011 HMS Brocklesby, one of the Royal Navy’s mine countermeasures vessels, has destroyed a mine laid by pro-Gaddafi forces in the port of Misurata on the Libyan coast.Forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi have made repeated attempts to close down the port to limit the flow of humanitarian assistance to the population of Misurata.Using her sonar and underwater mine disposal system, Seafox, HMS Brocklesby successfully located and destroyed a buoyant mine just one mile (1.6km) from the entrance to the harbour.The mine, containing more than 100 kilogrammes of high explosives, had been crudely placed by pro-Gaddafi forces using an inflatable dinghy to transport it out to sea.Lieutenant Commander James Byron, Commanding Officer of HMS Brocklesby, said:“I am extremely pleased we have been able to dispose of ordnance in the approaches to Misurata that is now a vital lifeline for the delivery of humanitarian aid into Libya.“Our actions on behalf of NATO are directly contributing to the continued welfare of the Libyan people. In helping to keep the port of Misurata open we are ensuring the continued flow of essential medical assistance and allowing the evacuation of innocent civilians from the country.“This is exactly the kind of operation my crew have trained for, dealing with live mines posing a threat to legitimate shipping within sight and range of shore bombardment. My team have handled themselves superbly in the execution of this mission, reacting stoutly to the very real threat posed by rockets and artillery ashore.”Misurata is a critical port for the continued flow of humanitarian aid into Libya and for the evacuation of displaced persons to safety.The Defence Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, said:“HMS Brocklesby is carrying out vital work to secure the waters off Misurata to allow humanitarian aid to reach the civilian population. This specialist capability is helping prevent Gaddafi forces from sealing off the port to deny medical and food supplies to the people of Misurata.”Within 24 hours of the reported laying of mines HMS Brocklesby and an allied ship were deployed to control the flow of traffic in and out of Misurata to protect shipping and conduct mine disposal operations. Both vessels disposed of mines to open the port for normal operations.HMS Brocklesby is operating in support of Operations ELLAMY and UNIFIED PROTECTOR to enforce the arms embargo off Libya and protect Libyan civilians from continued violence.(mod)[mappress]Source: mod, May 6, 2011; View post tag: Libyan View post tag: harbour View post tag: Brocklesby View post tag: HMS View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Libya View post tag: Naval View post tag: Mine HMS Brocklesby Clears Libyan Harbour Mine Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Brocklesby Clears Libyan Harbour Mine View post tag: Clears Share this articlelast_img read more

Latin America security forces fight drug smuggling on commercial flights by ‘El Chapo’

first_imgBy Dialogo January 21, 2014 Drug traffickers rely heavily on three major routes for transporting cocaine out of the Andes: By sea and air to Mexico, from where the drugs are transported to the United States; through Colombia and the Caribbean Sea, where the cocaine is usually transported by boat or airplane to the U.S.; and through Brazil, where the drugs are typically transported on boats and planes Europe and West Africa, according to Soberón. Transnational criminal organizations, such as the Sinaloa Cartel, which is led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, use maritime routes with fishing vessels more than air routes with planes, Soberón Garrido said. “The maritime route remains the primary method of transporting large shipments of cocaine. The airports are more of a way for the criminal organizations to spread shipments out and cause distractions,” Soberón Garrido said. Julieta Pelcastre contributed to this article Security forces in Peru and Mexico are battling an international drug trafficking ring that allegedly transported cocaine from Lima to Mexico City by secretly placing drugs inside the luggage of unsuspecting travelers, authorities said. The drug trafficking ring has been smuggling cocaine from the airport in Lima, Peru to Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City, officials said. Peruvian authorities are investigating how the drug traffickers are placing cocaine inside the luggage of unsuspecting passengers at the airport in Lima. The case is also being investigated by the Assistant Prosecutor’s Office for Organized Crime Investigations (SEIDO) within the Attorney General’s office (PGR), in cooperation with Peruvian authorities. Organized crime groups in Latin America have hidden drugs in the luggage of unsuspecting travelers for years, said Eruviel Tirado, a security analyst at the Iberoamericana University (UIA) in Mexico City. “This approach of transporting cocaine inside the luggage of innocent airline patrons is a recurring tactic for drug traffickers,” Tirado said. “It has been a while since we have seen this tactic used. If the drug traffickers are using this method to transport cocaine, it is obviously because the authorities have been successful in shutting down other drug trafficking methods.” Cocaine shipment routes At first, he reacted angrily, de la Torre Carbajal said. Then he became afraid, because he was not sure what was happening, and he knew that drug trafficking carries strong penalties. The accountant explained to security agents that someone must have placed the cocaine inside his suitcase, he said in an interview. After Customs agents had completed their search of his suitcases, Federal Police (PF) agents arrested him, de la Torre Carbajal said. The PF agents were professional, he said. “The Federal Police were the ones who told me (I was under arrest),” de la Torre Carbajal said. “They read me my rights and they turned me over to the federal prosecutor. They really did treat me very nicely and calmly.” After spending 36 hours in detention and making a statement to a federal prosecutor, a judge released de la Torre on his own recognizance. The case remains under investigation. Travelers should be wary about the possibility of organized crime operatives hidng drugs in their luggage, de la Torre Carbajal said. Did drug traffickers hide cocaine inside the suitcase of a teacher? Latin American security forces must remain vigilant A vacation turns into a nightmare A longtime drug trafficking tactic center_img A trip to Argentina The couple returned to Mexico City on Nov. 2, on Chilean airline LAN. The flight had a layover in Lima before continuing to Mexico City. The accountant and his girlfriend arrived at the Mexico City International Airport on Nov. 2, the day his nightmare began. After disembarking from the plane, de la Torre Carbajal went to the luggage retrieval carousel, but his suitcases did not appear on the conveyer belt. De la Torre Carbajal asked an airport official about his luggage. The official told him to go to the Customs section to claim his luggage. He went to the Customs office, and things went bad from there, he said. “They took me to a prosecutor’s office, where I signed an authorization for them to open my suitcases. In one of the suitcases bearing a tag that appeared to be mine, the federal agents found more than 24 kilos of cocaine,” de la Torre Carbajal said. In July 2013, three months before security agents found cocaine inside one of de la Torre Carbajal’s suitcase, authorities at the airport found drugs inside the luggage of a preschool teacher. The teacher, Ángel de María Soto Zárate, from Veracruz state, traveled to Brazil to attend the World Youth Day celebrations from July 23-28, 2013. Soto Zárate’s return flight, in late July had a layover in Lima. At the Mexico City airport, the schoolteacher went to the luggage carousel to claim her suitcases. But they did not appear. A group of PF agents asked Soto Zárate, 23, to accompany them. The security agents took her to a room, where they opened one of the suitcases to show her that it contained 10 kilos of cocaine. Authorities charged the young schoolteacher with drug trafficking and briefly incarcerated. Thanks to an investigation by the PF and the efforts of her defense attorneys, authorities cleared Soto Zárate of any involvement in drug trafficking. Prosecutors dropped the charges, and the schoolteacher was released from jail. That is what happened to Eduardo de la Torre Carbajal, an accountant who lives in Mexico City. He is one of the alleged vi victims of the drug trafficking ring. Mexican security forces detained him at Benito Juarez International Airport on Nov. 2, 2013, after authorities allegedly found 27 kilos of cocaine base inside one of his suitcases. The Mexican accountant did not anticipate any difficulties when he and his girlfriend flew to Argentina on Oct. 25, 2013, for a vacation. Organized crime operatives pay off one or a handful of airport employees to sneak drugs into the luggage of unsuspecting travelers, Tirado said. Security forces at the airport must remain vigilant about checking the luggage of passengers, the security analyst said. The discovery of packages of cocaine inside the luggage of an innocent traveler is not a big loss to a transnational criminal organization, such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) or the Sinaloa Cartel. But such a discovery can devastate the life of an innocent traveler who is suddenly under suspicion of drug trafficking. “The traveler can be accused of drug trafficking and face severe penalties,” Tirado said. An innocent person may even spend time in jail while authorities investigate the source of the cocaine, Tirado said. The Andean region is a major producer of cocaine For decades, drug traffickers have devised ways to transport cocaine from the Andean region, which includes Peru, Colombia, and Bolivia, to Mexico and the United States. Peru is the primary producer of coca leaf – the raw material needed to produce cocaine – in the region, according to Ricardo Soberón Garrido, director of the Drugs and Human Rights Research Center in Peru (CIDDH). “We have identified 59,000 hectares where coca leaf is currently being produced. This could potentially translate to the production of up to 300 metric tons of cocaine hydrochloride,” Soberón Garrido said. 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Moyes laments ‘poor’ United display

first_img First United need to start scoring. They have still not found the net in open play since the opening day of the season, with Rooney converting another long-range free-kick. Even the second-half introduction of Robin van Persie and Marouane Fellaini failed to change the game in United’s favour. “It’s not from the lack of trying or lack of forward players,” said Moyes. “It’s just not quite opening teams up the way we would like and we need to try to do that better.” Yet again, Moyes appeared to show a lack of faith in Japan star Shinji Kagawa. After starting him on the left-hand side of midfield, Kagawa was then hauled off at half-time, replaced by 18-year-old Adnan Januzaj. “I just decided I wanted to make a change and inject a little bit of something,” said Moyes. “Adnan showed what he can do in periods. We want Shinji to feel he’s getting an opportunity to show what he can do and his best position may be number 10. “But even for Japan he plays off the left as well so it’s not something which is strange to him or a position he’s not used to. “There’s a lot of competition here and we want to push each other.” United must now lick their wounds ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League encounter with Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine, when Van Persie is likely to start after shrugging off his groin problem. “I hope so,” said Moyes. “He’s not missed an awful lot. His injury was a small one. Our plan was to give him some time today.” Although the result will come as a huge shock to a team that won the title by 11 points last term, West Brom boss Steve Clarke was not surprised. “Anybody listening to me before the game would know I said I was coming here to be positive to try to play,” he said. “The players must have been listening as well because they did that. “Against the reigning champions you have to play almost the perfect game. “We could have had more. We looked a threat every time we went forward. “It’s not about the fear factor. West Brom has always been capable of coming to these sorts of places, defend doggedly and nick a winner or a draw. “But I want to try to win the game and we achieved that.” Clarke had particular words of praise for his goalscorers, including Amalfitano, a deadline-day loan signing from Marseille. “His English is OK,” said Clarke. “He understands more than he lets on. When you tell him he’s done well he always understands. “He’s a player that I’d seen play on a number of occasions, bright lively and has the flair to create going forward.” But 20-year-old Berahino was the hero, keeping his cool to beat De Gea from Amalfitano’s pass. “He deserves his place in the team,” said Clarke of the England Under-21 international. “He’s made an impact and as you’ve seen he’s got a goal in him.” And Moyes is not prepared to offer up any excuses after the 2-1 loss. “It was a poor result and a poor performance,” said the Scot. “We never really got going. We had a lot of the ball in the first half and never made many chances from it. “They always looked a threat on the break, in the first half especially and even more so in the second half. “We missed that spark and West Brom deserved it no question. I can’t argue with that.” After putting the misery of last weekend’s Manchester derby defeat behind them with an excellent midweek win over Liverpool, this latest setback was completely unexpected. “We wanted to try to keep that momentum going,” said Moyes. “There were signs but the performance went on to be a poor one. I’m concerned after but only because we didn’t play well. There’s a lot of games to go and we can put it right.” Manchester United manager David Moyes branded his side’s performance against West Brom as “poor” and admitted the Baggies deserved their first Old Trafford triumph since 1978. Goals from Morgan Amalfitano and Saido Berahino proved enough for the visitors despite Wayne Rooney netting for the fifth time in as many games. It means United have now lost three times in their opening six Barclays Premier League games and have slipped into the bottom half of the table, below the likes of newly-promoted duo Hull and Cardiff. Press Associationlast_img read more