Jihadi pirates off the coast of Somalia are causing havoc on the high seas. Strange but true. Al-Qaeda is alive and well in Somalia. The group has seized dozens of ships and held them for ransom. They use speedboats equipped with rifles, grenades, scaling ladders to surround and board large ships. They operate hundreds of miles offshore, the smaller boats launching from larger "motherships."
They stand to earn 50 million dollars this year, the money going directly into the coffers of the most violent and aggressive Jihadi group in the world. Right now they are holding 14 ships and 300 crewmen for large ransoms. This kind of raiding and ransoming is very similar to how Mohammad financed early Islam (see more in the comments to this article).
But the Combined Task Force 150, an international naval force under the U.S. 5th Fleet command, has begun patrolling the area. They have already thwarted 12 pirate hijackings.
Read the whole story: Jihad on the High Seas.
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