24 Mar 2010

‘Pirate’ dies as ship’s guards repel attack off Somalia

“A suspected pirate has been shot dead as private guards repelled an attack on a cargo ship off Somalia, in what may have been the first such incident. The EU naval force (Navfor) says the suspect was found dead by a team from an EU warship which was responding to

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08 Mar 2010

France seizes 35 Somali ‘pirates’

“The French navy has captured 35 piracy suspects off Somalia’s coast – hailing it as the most successful mission since EU operations began in 2008. French officials said four mother ships and six smaller boats had been seized in four operations since last Friday. EU forces used helicopters and fired

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15 Feb 2010

Somali defense official survives car bomb attack

“A top Somali defense official survived an attack Monday by an Islamist suicide bomber driving an explosive-laden vehicle in the capital of Mogadishu, the official said. At least one bystander was killed. The attack against State Defense Minister Yusuf Mohamed Siyad — known by his nickname Indahaadde or ‘White Eyes’

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22 Jan 2010

Somali Rebels Deny Threatening to Attack Nairobi

“Somalia’s hardline al Shabaab rebels denied Friday they had threatened to attack Kenya following a crackdown on Somalis in its capital Nairobi, and said a recording posted on the internet was a fake. Renewed fears over the insurgents’ links with Yemen and al Qaeda, and an attack on the home

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02 Dec 2009

Somalia pirates offer investment networks

Reuters is running a fascinating article on venture capital-style investment networks being run by Somali pirates.  This implications of this are fairly significant for a number of reasons: It provides additional funding for piracy operations which can lead to more capable pirate fleets and sustained operations It engages support and

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