Somali piracy backed by international...

Somali piracy backed by international network

There are 5 comments on the Reading Eagle/Reading Times story from Dec 11, 2008, titled Somali piracy backed by international network. In it, Reading Eagle/Reading Times reports that:

In this photo released on Monday, Dec. 8, 2008 by the French Defense ministry, a French Navy officer from the EPE, an embedded protection team, is seen aboard the French luxury yacht "Le Ponant" checking the ...

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Jersey City, NJ

#1 Dec 11, 2008
Note the paragraphs from the news report...

John S. Burnett, a London-based author working on a book about hijackings off the Somali coast, said there is no doubt Somali pirates are part of "transnational crime syndicates." He said information from sources, including people involved in ransom negotiations and payouts, indicates the money goes as far as Canada and capitals in Europe.

Sheik Qasim Ibrahim Nur, director of security at Somalia's Interior and National Security Ministry, said evidence points to Somali expatriates in Kenya and the United Arab Emirates, but declined to give further details. He said there is "no doubt" the pirates have links outside Somalia.

The deals with "investors" appear to be fairly informal, with family or clan networks stretching overseas. The lack of a proper banking system in Somalia, which has not had an effective government in almost 20 years, makes it difficult to trace how much funding the pirates get from overseas or how it is channeled.

Jersey City, NJ

#2 Dec 11, 2008
Somalia is a failed state with no banks, only a cash-based, informal transfer network called hawala. A hawala operator takes in money on one end, then instructs a relative, friend or another agent in another country to hand a like amount to someone else. The paperless system, based on trust and oral agreements, is commonly used in the Middle East, parts of Asia and Africa.

There is some concern that the system is used for overseas payments to and from the pirates especially now that they are getting their ransoms in cash, sometimes dropped in burlap sacks from a buzzing helicopter.

The pirates acknowledge using foreign help.

"All I can tell you is we have people in Nairobi, Djibouti, we have people in Dubai and many other countries," said Gamase Hassan Said, a pirate in Eyl speaking by telephone.

Aden Yusuf, another pirate in Eyl, told The AP that foreigners in Dubai, Nairobi, Djibouti and elsewhere help pirates get sophisticated equipment, such as money-counting machines seen at foreign exchange bureaus, in exchange for a cut of the ransom.


Since: Jul 08


#3 Dec 11, 2008
we WANT them to THINK we are "PRIMITIVE" so they WONT know about our CAPABILITIES based on CLAN status but still NO matter HOW much NAVY ships they BRING it will only INTENSIFY the SITUATION

Jersey City, NJ

#4 Dec 13, 2008
57 Islamic nations in the Islamic Empire and not one of them are any good. Islam is a failure and Muslims are losers.

Somalia piracy has the backing of the Islamic Empire.


Since: Jul 08


#5 Dec 15, 2008
Counter-Striker wrote:
57 Islamic nations in the Islamic Empire and not one of them are any good. Islam is a failure and Muslims are losers.
Somalia piracy has the backing of the Islamic Empire.
"backing of the Islamic Empire"?

they HIJACKED a SAUDI ship and you CONSIDER that's "BACKING"? LOL

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