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Somalia divided about the fighting of piracy on land.

The head of Somalia’s anti-piracy taskforce believes that the country’s sovereignty will be challenged, and that the terrorist movement Al-Shabaab will gain more supporters, if the EU and the U.S. enters Somalia.

Photo: Foto: Brian Karmark

Several leading politicians in Somalia are highly critical toward EU’s suggestion of fighting piracy on land, a suggestion that is considered by many to be the only real possibility of ending the extensive piracy in the region. But critics in Somalia believe that fighting piracy in the country’s coastal regions will challenge the sovereignty of Somalia, while also risking to send pirate groups into the arms of the terrorist movement Al-Shabaab.

Conversely, Somalia’s Minister for the Interior and responsible for local governments, Abdullahi Ahmed Jama, expresses his full support for attacking the pirates both on the sea and on land. But this notion is rejected by the head of the country’s anti-piracy taskforce.

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