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Terrorists Taking Cues from Somali Pirates

Should Americans be concerned by suggestions that terrorists have taken cues from the Somali pirates and will be hijacking ships across the Indian Ocean for reasons beyond ransom?


Increasing evidence links the mafia-like Somali clans that run the pirating to the Al-Shabaab Islamist insurgent group, which controls most of southern and central Somalia. Both the U.S. and the U.N. accuse Al-Shabaab of having links to al-Qaeda.

The rag-tag pirates who are grabbing small private yachts and cargo boats loaded with lawn tractors may be providing a working model for terrorists interested in hijacking tankers loaded with chemicals and cargo boats carrying weapons.

The pirates’ increasingly brazen successes can only be encouraging to others hoping to follow suit.

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