Who are the modern pirates
• Who are the modern pirates
Modern Somali pirates are rabble of heterogeneous groups suddenly realized proximity passing their banks money. The fact that the state itself Somalia does not actually exist already since 1991 - its territory controlled by armed groups, and the majority of local residents in favor of the legitimacy of looting civilian courts.
In the north-east Somalia covered strife was created self-proclaimed state of Puntland - this is where the majority of members come pirate gangs. Moreover, the composition of groups is very patchy: there can be seen as an ordinary sailor, weary lack of money, and professional soldier, who has decided to revise their beliefs.
Of course, any serious weaponry can not boast of any pirate gang. Rusty AK-47, AKMS, machine guns RPK and M60, M16, occasionally - RPG. However, more adventurous, and the robbers did not need: marine laws prohibit civil courts have on a weapon, leaving them completely vulnerable to pirate attacks.
From 2005 to 2012 the pirates have killed 3,740 members of the crews of merchant ships. They also were able to earn enough money - one of the captured Somali military admitted that the total for the year received about 80 thousand dollars, thanks to the wicked occupation.
What scared pirate
For a long time, Somali pirates feel unpunished. Trading ships could not give them a worthy rebuff and warships arrived in the danger zone is not immediately, and even arrived were very limited in the actions of international law. The Indian military, however, fired any boat with armed men, even without sending the identification request than earned in pirate circles respectful homage.
Gulf of Guinea
Following the Somali pirate career stretched Nigerians deafening debuted in the Gulf of Guinea. Prior to the introduction here of the military courts, the situation was dire: not wanting to communicate with some mythical ransom for the ship, Nigerian pirates robbed, and often simply drove into slavery team.
On the pirates began to make enterprising Americans. For example, private office SOMALI CRUISES in their brochures promises at least two pirate attacks in the cruise and asks him not to hesitate gentlemen vacationers take with any weapon. For a surcharge, the assault rifle will be available directly on the ship - so that there is in the price list is even a grenade launcher.
For nearly seven years, Somali pirates terrorizing merchant ships almost all over the world. In 2010 robbers smart enough to grab some oil supertankers, owned by sheikhs of the UAE. Family Al Nahayn immediately allocated a considerable sum to the creator of mercenaries Blackwater, Erik Prince. He gathered a small professional army of mercenaries, armed them to the teeth, and in two years Puntland seized the territory of which are almost all Somali pirate bases. From 2012 to the present time in Somali waters were captured only one ship and the pirates fled the Gulf of Guinea.