Eyes of the Fleet

Eyes of the Fleet

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Somali Pirates: Everyone has troubles

Some intertribal warfare reported as Fighting kills at least 17 in Somali pirate port causes pirate concern:
Pirates who attack vessels using the strategic shipping lanes linking Europe to Asia through the Gulf of Aden operate from several remote coastal bases including Haradheere.

One pirate in the lawless central Somali port said he was worried the bloodshed would hurt the sea gangs' profits.

"We are afraid our business will stop if the clashes continue," the pirate, who gave his name as Mohamed, told Reuters by satellite phone from Haradheere.

"We are all members of these two clans, and we are worried that this fight might end up being taken out onto the ocean."
Oh, and don't expect warm fuzzies from parts of Somalia any time soon:
Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, the prominent leader of another insurgent group, Hizbul Islam, issued a statement in Mogadishu on Saturday condemning U.S. policy and vowing to fight on.

"We thought the Obama administration would positively change Somalia's politics, but it has worsened," Aweys said.

"America wants to colonise all the world's governments, particularly Muslim countries, to loot their natural resources. We shall continue fighting until we reach our goal."

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