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    Somali Piracy (again)

    This article appeared in todays BBC news - Just another item about pirates I thought - but then a couple of sentences in it seem to shift the whole focus of the situation.

    Somali Islamists 'hunt pirates'


    There are fears if the ransom is paid other super-tankers will be targeted

    Somali Islamist insurgents have begun searching for the pirates who hijacked a giant Saudi-owned oil tanker last Saturday, reports say.
    A spokesman for the al-Shabab group, Abdelghafar Musa, said hijacking a Muslim-owned ship was a major crime and they would pursue those responsible.
    The pirates are thought to be trying to obtain a multi-million dollar ransom.
    The ship, the Sirius Star, is believed to be be anchored off the Somali port of Haradheere.
    It has an international crew of 25 people and is carrying $100m (67m) worth of crude oil.
    'Show of force'
    "We are really sorry to hear that the Saudi ship has been held in Somalia," Mr Musa told the Associated Press.


    "We will fight them."
    Reports said Islamist fighters had descended on Haradheere in an apparent show of force, saying they were looking for the pirates.
    "The Islamists arrived searching for the pirates and the whereabouts of the Saudi ship," an unnamed elder in the port told Reuters news agency.
    "I saw four cars full of Islamists driving in the town from corner to corner. The Islamists say they will attack the pirates for hijacking a Muslim ship."
    Another report suggested local militia and Shebab fighters had arrived in Harardhere in a move to position themselves for a share of any spoils.
    "There are many militiamen who have arrived in the town and they want to get a share from the pirates if the ransom is paid," Ahmed Abdullahi, a local elder, was quoted by AFP news agency as saying.
    Meanwhile, Kenya reported on Friday that Somali pirates had been paid more than $150m (101m) in ransoms in the past 12 months.



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    hijacking a Muslim-owned ship was a major crime



    So Piracy is only a minor crime as long the pirated ships are mot Muslim ???

    WTF !!!!



    The Islamists say they will attack the pirates for hijacking a Muslim ship."

    "There are many militiamen who have arrived in the town and they want to get a share from the pirates if the ransom is paid,"


    Now it seems to be escalating into an internal strife between heavily armed Islamists and equally heavily armed pirates !!


    Where will it all end ??

    Any ideas??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happyman
    So Piracy is only a minor crime as long the pirated ships are mot Muslim ???
    erm no.

    insert the word american instead of muslim and you'll get,

    "The
    Americans say they will attack the pirates for hijacking an American ship."

    or Australian or British or whatever. Sounds like normal state politics to me, in other words get invovled when it is in your interests.




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    Also, the Islamist insurgents are not law-enforcers for the nation of Somalia, they'll get involved if and when they feel like it.

    Anyway, so this contradicts the claim that the pirates and the insurgents are collaborating and driven by the same political and religious goals.

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    If they show support for the hijackers, then maybe many, many Saudi Riyals will stop flowing into their hands to finance their other activities.

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    would have thought the pirates were driven by economics rather than religion or politics!

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    ^^ & ^^^

    Exactly !!

    More like a f*ckin bucket of worms - not a can !!

    Just have to sit back and watch what happens !

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    Interesting to note the map, the concentration of said attacks off the coast of Yemen. Geographically stategic and perhaps a turn-a-cheek attitude from the locals.

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    Yes I noticed that and yet the navys were saying it was too large an area to patrol

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    Probably something to do with the "gat" (Kat) trade between the two countries - big money and polititicos involved in that !!!


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    Meanwhile upon hearing they could get rich the Thais are signing up for Pilates lessons in droves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thormaturge View Post
    Meanwhile upon hearing they could get rich the Thais are signing up for Pilates lessons in droves.
    And subcontracting it out to illegal Burmesians [at] b180 baht a day !!!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Thormaturge
    Meanwhile upon hearing they could get rich the Thais are signing up for Pilates lessons in droves.
    With the fall in tourist arrivals the sales of teak elephants as fallen dramatically, however the demand for wooden legs is booming

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim View Post
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    Yes I noticed that and yet the navys were saying it was too large an area to patrol
    Was that not the immediate area that the U.S.S. Cole was ripped into? Off the coast of Yemen?

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    This crap will never stop until we have killed the leader.

    Wanted, dead or alive. Reward $1,000,000


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    I don't see why we can't we give the poor Somali men a few ships and contents.

    They're poor!

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    What the Beeb didn't mention was what the muslim saviours intend to do with the hijacked ship after doing away with the islamic hijackers, or if the ship's returned free and intact, how many thank you dollar notes it'll cost the Saudis.

    Anyway, nice to hear they're going to mete islamic punishment to their own for stealing from muslim thieves...only a matter of time till something like that kicked off.

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