The world is not willing to allow this strategic nation to remain ungoverned. Can a coordinated effort create a stable government?
UN allows antipiracy forces to chase them onto land, attack them by air. But Security Council seems unprepared to address the instability that makes Somalia a 'failed state.'
The action raises questions about whether troops will withdraw, as planned, by the end of the year.
A Monitor Q&A reveals who's behind the modern-day pirates, how they got so good at taking ships, and what's being done to stop them.
The US and Russia fear that on-board weapons could reach Al Qaeda
U.S. warships surrounded the hijacked MV Faina and its military cargo off Somalia's coast Monday.
Gunmen hijacked four ship within 48 hours last week. Cash retrieved from ransoms is paying for weapons and salaries of fighters on both sides of Somalia's conflict.
Monday, the government and an opposition bloc signed a UN-brokered peace deal. But Tuesday, Islamist hard-liners said they would continue to fight.