Amateurish Foot Soldiers Belie Sophisticated Piracy Networks

Axe, David
May 2009
WPR Subset;5/6/2009, p1
The article reports that Somali pirates were apprehended by the crew of the French naval vessel, "Nivose" in the Gulf of Aden. It notes that the incident points to the poor training of Somali pirates despite claims that they are being supported by sophisticated criminal networks. The article traces the grassroots origins of Somali piracy in 1991 and how it is being sustained by recruitment and training of teenagers and middle-aged men.


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