Somalia - The News from Somalia
The Harakat Shabaab al-Mujahidin, commonly known as Al-Shabaab and various other variations, is a militant youth movement dedicated to the overthrow of the government of Somalia.
The United Nations estimates that at least 12 million people are affected by the 2011 drought and famine across Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. In Somalia the crisis is particularly dire as areas controlled by the militant group Al-Shabaab are not able to receive humanitarian aid, leading to tens of thousands of starvation deaths. Here...
Today's pirates are no longer about eye patches and peg legs, but assault weapons and ransom demands. Here is a roundup of high-profile pirate attacks.
Gaining Ground on Pirates
Before the Somali miscreants could even upgrade to parrots, eye patches, and peg legs, and after some embarrassing hijackings, the international community is responding one boat at a time.
Operation Avoid the Pirates!
What a statement about how the Somali miscreants have really hijacked the high seas, and not just freighters.
Cargo ships, tankers and even cruise ships passing through the Gulf of Aden are being accosted by what was once the stuff of high-seas legend -- pirates -- to the tune of millions of dollars. Unlike a film glamorizing the pirate profession, today's pirates grab high-powered weapons and jump in rickety speedboats to seize hostages and demand ransom for valuable cargo. Take a trip through the world…
Open Season on Pirates!
Somalia has given world powers the green light to use force if necessary to free a Ukrainian ship from the dastardly clutches of Somali pirates.
Pirates Capture Jordanian Ship Carrying Aid
The Emirati-owned and Jordanian-flagged ship, carrying 4,200 tons of sugar to Somalia that was donated by Denmark, was off the coast of Somalia when contact was lost May 17, 2008.
CIA World Factbook - Somalia
A primer on Somalia's leaders, geography, demographics, economy, military, infrastructure, and more.