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Have the Somali pirates and Al Shabab joined hands?

In a concerning development, Somali pirates, dormant for six years due to anti-piracy measures, are resurfacing, raising alarms for the international maritime community.

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Somalia at a critical juncture

Somalia held indirect presidential elections in May 2022, electing Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, which led to the country's accession to the East African Community (EAC) in December 2023.

Al Shabab shows its reach on land as it ventures into piracy on the high seas

Al-Shabaab, an Islamist militant group based in Somalia, continues to pose a significant threat despite recent defeats suffered at the hands of Somalia's internationally supported government.

Somali Piracy Case Study: Lessons Learned From Handling the Captain Phillips Case

In 2009, the Maersk Alabama's capture by Somali pirates thrust the dangers encountered by maritime workers into the global spotlight. This high-profile incident, pivotal in teaching us about..

I worked as an engineer on merchant vessels and my ship was held hostage by pirates for 8 months. I still cherish my career at sea.

Chirag Bahri worked as an engineer on merchant vessels like tankers, bulk carriers, and offshore support vessels from 2003 until 2012.

Somali piracy, once an unsolvable security threat, has almost completely stopped. Here’s why.

In 2011, pirates carried out 212 attacks in a vast area spanning Somali waters, the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, actions that the World Bank said cost the world economy US$18..

Security fears over weaponry as UK pulls licences for ‘floating armouries’ used to counter Somali pirates

A Government decision to revoke the licences of a British company providing ‘floating armouries’ for weaponry used to protect commercial shipping in the Indian Ocean has raised concerns about the..

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