Most pirates along the Somali coast were serving in the navies, coast guards and border guards. They have supporters in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. They also have support bases in some cities, including Eyl that is close to the Gulf of Aden. There are other two categories of pirates.
The following 401-word article, included in Tactical Weekly’s issue of November 21, 2008, focuses on the three categories. It also focuses on the boats the pirates have, on their weapons and equipment and on the communications systems they use.