Tuesday, December 29, 2020

As Tropical Cyclone "Chalane" Hits Mozambique, ISIS Declares Moz To Be The New Caliphate and Threaten $20 Billion LNG Project

First up, From Africa Times:

Mozambique braces for Tropical Storm Chalane landfall

Mozambique is bracing for another tropical storm, one that’s expected to make an imminent landfall on Wednesday in or around Beira, a coastal city that bore the brunt of Cyclone Idai in 2019.

Tropical Storm Chalane is not expected to have the same catastrophic impacts as Idai, but it continued to strengthen as it approached in a favorable environment, especially while traveling over the warm waters of the Mozambique Channel.

The Instituto Nacional de Meteorología (INAM) in Mozambique has issued a high-level red alert for, among others, the Sofala Province communities that include Beira and Dondo, warning that the initial impacts would begin Tuesday night.

“The epicenter will pass through the district of Nhamatanda and on the afternoon of December 30, it will reach the province of Manica, entering through the district of Gondola, subsequently affecting the districts of Macate and Sussudenga,” the INAM agency said....MORE

And from the Gatestone Institute, December:

Mozambique Terrorist Group Poised to Establish an Islamic Emirate

  • Radical Muslims from Kenya and Tanzania are transforming what was initially a low-intensity ethnic rebellion, into a full-fledged Islamic jihad against Mozambique's central government.

  • Ansar al-Sunna, estimated to consist of about 20 cells operating throughout northeast Mozambique, is responsible for the murders of about 2,000 people, mostly civilians.

  • The terrorist group has driven approximately 200,000 people from their homes and burdened the majority Christian country's central government.

  • The Islamic State's Central African Province may have bigger plans for Mozambique's Ansar al-Sunna. If the terrorists are able to establish an Emirate under Sharia in Cabo Delgado Province, it could serve as a jihadi model, threatening the stability of other states in southern Africa. Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa, as well as Africa's Indian Ocean states of the Comoros and Madagascar, could be targeted.

Jihadists in northern Mozambique have intensified their military operations this year in an apparent attempt to establish an Islamic Emirate in the province of Cabo Delgado. The Islamist insurgency, which began in October 2017, remained below the radar until recently. The escalating violence, however, has become a security concern for Mozambique's regional neighbors, including South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Somalia. Radical Muslims from Kenya and Tanzania are transforming what was initially a low-intensity ethnic rebellion, into a full-fledged Islamic jihad against Mozambique's central government....MUCH MORE

These are straight up psychopaths
From Deutsche-Welle last month:

Mozambique police: Islamists behead 50 people in troubled province

Finally, from Bloomberg, December 25:

Mozambique Troops Fight Off Attack Near $20 Billion LNG Project

Mozambique said its security forces repelled an attack by Islamist insurgents on a town close to the site where Total SE is building a $20 billion natural gas facility.

The attack took place about 21 kilometers (13 miles) from Total’s project overnight on Wednesday, according to a statement from the Ministry of Defense, and is the second this month on the town of Mute in the northern Cabo Delgado province. It accused the militants of trying to derail the investment.

Fighters who’ve aligned with Islamic State in August have already seized the port town of Mocimboa da Praia, about 42 kilometers south of Mute, raising the stakes in a conflict that’s killed about 2,500 people and caused 570,000 to flee their homes since it started three years ago....MORE

The country is really, really counting on the LNG for foreign currency and development.
Careful there, German investors.*