by DAVID AXE
“Did the USSR give birth to Somali pirates,” a contributor to the U.S. Naval Institute’s blog asked yesterday. He quoted a story from Fairplay Shipping News claiming “a retired rear admiral of the Soviet navy reportedly admitted today that some Somali pirates had been trained at U.S.S.R. naval academies.”
We knew this already, sorta. Recall my story in the USNI’s Proceedings:
[Kenyan maritime unionist Abubaker] Omar described pirate networks as something akin to the West’s mafia. Resources are concentrated in the hands of a few senior bosses, each employing “capos” commanding bands of low-ranking pirates. The capos, Omar said, are former Somali army soldiers from before the civil war, when Somali troops trained in the Soviet Union. The capos and their subordinates operate from pirate enclaves in northern Somalia, especially in the town of Eyl.
(Photo: French Navy)
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