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Somalia: Political EOG Newspaper January 09 Issue

Somalia: Political EOG Newspaper January 09 Issue

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Gangs of Somali pirates! Regardless the poverty, lawlessness, chaos and desperation dominating Somalia, a highly or-ganized, lucrative, ransom-driven business, piracy, has been formed, imposing its threats on one of the world’s main marine routes. Over last year, more than 25 ships were hijacked and in many cases, they were paid million-dollar ransoms to release them. The juicy payoffs have attracted gunmen from across Somalia, and the pirates are thought to number in the thousands, augment-ing the economic and political drawbacks over the region.

The question raised; are Somali pirates that powerful that neither the United Nation nor the U.S forces could seize them? It is hard to imagine that the U.S air force, which can sniff out hideouts and target alleged Al-Qaeda suspects in residential neighbourhoods and craggy mountains, does not have the means to monitor what is taking place along Soma-lia’s maritime borders. In addition to the communications and military technology, it has forces on the ground in a per-manent base in Djibouti not far from a French military base. It is difficult to believe that those forces with their advanced weaponry and trained in the arts of rapid intervention cannot take on a few hundred poorly equipped and trained pirate militias, as they alleged.
Gangs of Somali pirates! Regardless the poverty, lawlessness, chaos and desperation dominating Somalia, a highly or-ganized, lucrative, ransom-driven business, piracy, has been formed, imposing its threats on one of the world’s main marine routes. Over last year, more than 25 ships were hijacked and in many cases, they were paid million-dollar ransoms to release them. The juicy payoffs have attracted gunmen from across Somalia, and the pirates are thought to number in the thousands, augment-ing the economic and political drawbacks over the region.

The question raised; are Somali pirates that powerful that neither the United Nation nor the U.S forces could seize them? It is hard to imagine that the U.S air force, which can sniff out hideouts and target alleged Al-Qaeda suspects in residential neighbourhoods and craggy mountains, does not have the means to monitor what is taking place along Soma-lia’s maritime borders. In addition to the communications and military technology, it has forces on the ground in a per-manent base in Djibouti not far from a French military base. It is difficult to believe that those forces with their advanced weaponry and trained in the arts of rapid intervention cannot take on a few hundred poorly equipped and trained pirate militias, as they alleged.

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