Piracy in Somalia

By IndepthAfrica
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Jan 24th, 2013
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The Aviationist by: Michael Glynn US Navy via The Aviationist DJIBOUTI – The shipping lanes of the pirate-infested Somali basin have faded somewhat from the headlines in the past year as attacks and successful hijackings have dropped significantly.  The decrease is due in part to the continued effort...
By IndepthAfrica
In East Africa
Dec 24th, 2012
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Twenty-two hostages held captive for nearly three years by Somali pirates have been rescued by troops who raided a hijacked ship. Forces of Somalia’s Puntland region captured the Panama-flagged MV Iceberg 1 which was docked near the Gara’ad coastal village in Mudung region. The rescued crew members i...
By IndepthAfrica
In East Africa
Apr 13th, 2012
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Cape Town – Somali pirates have acquired sophisticated Libyan weaponry for bolder attacks on ships, it was reported on Friday. Weapons like mines and shoulder-held missile launchers were being acquired in one of the biggest black markets for illegal gun smugglers, security analyst Judith van de...
By IndepthAfrica
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Feb 23rd, 2012
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By David Leonard This week, leaders including David Cameron, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi will meet at a conference in London to attempt a step-change in the international community’s approach to Somalia. Central to the conference is the issue of piracy, ...
By IndepthAfrica
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Jan 13th, 2012
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As economists and central bankers debate what it will take to kick-start growth around the world, a motley crew of seafarers in the contested East Africa nation of Somalia have quietly been pursuing their own radical form of monetary policy. Cutlasses and all. A report published by the British think ...
By IndepthAfrica
In East Africa
Jan 10th, 2012
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Tbilisi – The Georgian captain of a cargo ship that was released by Somali pirates said on Tuesday his Georgian-Turkish crew had suffered through “infernal torment” during its 18-month captivity. “We have gone through an infernal torment, starvation, thirst. All this time we h...
By benim
In East Africa
Nov 15th, 2011
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Britain will host an international conference next year on tackling instability in Somalia and protecting ships from pirates in the Gulf of Aden, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday. The prime minister described the east African nation as a “failed state that directly threatens British ...
By benim
In East Africa
Oct 19th, 2011
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Stockholm – The international community should act now and “not 20 years from now” to end the spiralling problem of piracy at sea, especially off Somalia, an international conference said on Wednesday. In a draft declaration, the three-day International Conference on Piracy at Sea (...
By benim
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Oct 3rd, 2011
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With the South African counter-piracy task force under “Operation Copper” cycling through our shiny frigates at an alarming rate, the Southern African community is beginning to understand that piracy off the Horn of Africa is not a localised phenomenon. The thought of Somali piracy encroaching upon S...
By benim
In East Africa
Oct 1st, 2011
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Mombasa – Kenyan coastguards were locked in a high-seas standoff on Saturday with gunmen holding a disabled French woman hostage and the abductors fired warning shots in the air, a government minister said. The elderly victim’s Kenyan boyfriend, John Lepapa, said six masked gunmen armed w...