The UK-based Guardian newspaper has reported that the United Kingdom has made contingency plans to launch military strikes against Al-Shabaab insurgents.
In a report published on 21st February, the Guardian claims that British military and government figures are growing increasingly concerned over the rise of piracy, and what they consider to be the threat posed by Islamic insurgency in Somalia.
Somlian piracy has been an increasing concern for Western governments following a number of violent raids. Two high profile kidnappings in the space of a month, coupled with alleged links between piracy and the Islamic organisation Al-Shabaab have only heightened the tension felt by the international community. According to the Guardian’s sources, an international coalition, including the UK, has drawn up plans to combat this ongoing threat, with potential attacks on Somali camps allegedly discussed.
The full Guardian article can be found here.