Maritime Terrorism


Gated Cities: Nairobi, Mumbai and Matt Damon’s Elysium*

One month after discussing the relationship between Canada’s National Security and healthy communities I visited Nairobi and Mumbai affording frontline views of living with the war against global terrorism in contrast to Canada’s community peace of mind (CPOM). My Nairobi taxi driver said it is a thirty-minute drive from the […]


Terrorism Tradecraft

Terrorism Tradecraft is republished with permission of Stratfor. Read more: Terrorism Tradecraft | Stratfor One of the distinctive features of Stratfor’s terrorism and security analysis is its focus on the methodology of attacks. Of course, identifying those responsible for an attack is important, especially in ensuring that the perpetrators are […]


The ‘money trail’ reveals linkages between Somali pirates and terrorists.

For some time there has been a debate over whether or not there is a connection between Somali pirates and the militant group known as al Shabaab, which has connections with al Qaeda.  A news article carried by Reuters, cites John Steed, the principal military adviser to the U.N. special […]


Militant attacks on commercial shipping a real threat

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a brief advisory on 19 November that states analysis linking an attack on the Japanese crude oil tanker MV M. Star on 28 July to the Abdullah Azzam Brigade is valid.  A report by William Maclean and Jonathan Saul, entitled “Analysis: […]


Attack alerts issued

Following closely after warnings about attacks on ships in the Straits of Malacca, the United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) has issued a warning of increased likelihood of attacks by al-Qaeda on vessels transiting the Bab el Mandeb, Red Sea, and the Gulf of Aden along the coast of Yemen. MARAD […]


A very real threat to today’s seafarers

Sadly, today’s maritime terrorism is a complicated and multi-faceted problem.  There are many potential perpetrators with an infinite number of associated possible or probable scenarios.  These depend upon whether the threat is targeted at vessels moving along sea lines of communication, or is a threat targeted at a maritime facility […]


Terrorism and its maritime dimension

A major maritime terror incident is inevitable; it is merely a matter of where and when. Why is this? The answers are fairly simple. First, let us not be naive about Islamic terrorism; its aims are to destroy Western society, destabilize the Western economy, and instill terror in the citizens […]