Emboldened by the weakness of the West, jihadis everywhere are growing more assertive and aggressive. “Somali Islamists fire on foreign warships,” from AFP, May 29 (thanks to Twostellas):
Somalia: Somalia’s Al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgents said Tuesday they had fired on two foreign warships that came in close to the key rebel port of Kismayo, in the first such reported incident.
“The mujahedeen fighters opened fire and repulsed two military ships that approached the coast of Kismayo, they were coming close to the coast when they were attacked,” said Sheikh Hassan Yaqub, a top Shebab official in Kismayo.
“They have sped away from the coastal areas after the shooting and they are not there anymore,” Yaqub added.
The nationality of the reported warships is not known, but several foreign navies operate anti-piracy patrols off the coast of the Horn of Africa nation.
Nine warships in a European Union naval force are currently deployed off Somalia by France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy and The Netherlands….