Somalia’s fearsome pirates
Of course, piracy as a jihadist activity has a pedigree at least as old as the Barbary conflicts with Europe and the United States, and the Islamic slave raiding pirates (see Giles Milton’s book White Gold).
“Somali pirates hijack German gas tanker,” from the Associated Press, January 29:
NAIROBI, Kenya: Somali pirates hijacked a German tanker loaded with liquefied petroleum gas Thursday off the Horn of Africa. The ship’s 13-man crew was reported safe, even though gunshots were heard over the ship’s radio.
The MV Longchamp is the third ship captured by pirates this month in the Gulf of Aden, one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.
Piracy has taken an increasing toll on international shipping in the key water link between the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean. Pirates made an estimated $30 million hijacking ships for ransom last year, seizing more than 40 vessels off Somalia’s coastline…
Funding the money jihad, jihad al-mal.