Al-Shabab nimbler under new leader

| Sep 24, 2013

Al-Shabab nimbler under new leader

by Franz Wild and Sarah Mcgregor

The attack that killed 69 people in a Kenyan shopping mall over the weekend was the first regional operation undertaken by the new leadership of Somalia’s al-Shabab militants following a bloody power struggle. After months of pressure from African troops against the al-Qaida-linked group ...

Trouble at home led al-Shabab to attack abroad

| Sep 23, 2013

Trouble at home led al-Shabab to attack abroad

The massacre at a Kenyan shopping mall by Somalia’s al-Shabab insurgents has shown the still-potent threat of the al-Qaida-linked group even as its fighters struggle at home, analysts say. The attack, which follows bloody strikes by al-Shabab suicide commandos earlier this year, including against ...

British Somalis brace for khat ban

Sep 9, 2013

British Somalis brace for khat ban

by Judith Evans

When Britain bans the herbal stimulant khat, Mohamod Ahmed Mohamed will lose his livelihood. But he fears most for his small Somali community without the leaf that fuels its social life. “I can switch to another business, but what about the youth, where are ...

Jul 9, 2013

MSDF to up participation off Somalia

The administration said Tuesday another year will be added to the Maritime Self-Defense Force mission to protect vessels from piracy off Somalia, and for the first time the MSDF will be allowed to operate jointly with multinational forces. Under the new framework, approved by ...

MSDF to join drill in Gulf of Aden

Jun 22, 2013

MSDF to join drill in Gulf of Aden

The administration has reportedly decided that one of the two Maritime Self-Defense Force vessels patrolling against pirates off Somalia will join a combined drill involving the United States and other countries.

Apr 5, 2013

Government to let ships carry armed guards

The government is set to submit a bill to the Diet that would permit armed guards on Japanese ships after their presence on other vessels in waters off Somalia led to a sharp fall in piracy. Some 18,000 ships annually sail through the Gulf ...

The long arm of the antipiracy law

Feb 28, 2013

The long arm of the antipiracy law

by Masami Ito

Captured half a world away, off the coast of Oman in the Indian Ocean, four Somalis are sent to Tokyo to stand trial for piracy after a failed attempt to hijack an oil tanker. Three have already been convicted by the Tokyo District Court.