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Swords of the Sulu Sea: Countering the World’s Most Maritime Terrorist Group | Modern War Institute

Swords of the Sulu Sea: Countering the World’s Most Maritime Terrorist Group | Modern War Institute

Preparing for and preventing terrorist activity in the maritime domain can be challenging; high-profile attacks at sea have been sporadic, varied in type, committed by distinct groups, and often separated by years. Incidents that have made headlines range from hijacking (as in the case of the 1985 capture of the cruise ship Achille Lauro by the Palestinian Liberation Front off the coast of Egypt) to the detonation of explosive-laden small boats alongside larger ships (as al-Qaeda perpetrated in the waters off Yemen against both the USS Cole in 2000 and the French-flagged oil tanker Limburg in 2002) to land-based missile attacks on transiting ships (as Yemeni rebels employed against US Navy ships in the Red Sea in 2016). Despite a seeming infrequency of attacks, in other words, terrorists have proven themselves willing and able to strike in the maritime domain in about as many ways as they are on land.

Source: Swords of the Sulu Sea: Countering the World’s Most Maritime Terrorist Group – Modern War Institute