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Report: Italian Ship's Crew Detained in Tripoli
FoxNews.com ^ | 20-March-2011 | AP

Posted on 03/20/2011 6:11:52 PM PDT by topher

ROME -- Italian officials said Sunday they would do whatever it takes to free the crew of an Italian tugboat apparently seized by Libyan officials at Tripoli's port as U.S. and European airstrikes enforced a no-fly zone over Libya.

The "Asso 22" tug of the Naples-based shipping company Augusta Offshore SrL has eight Italian, two Indian and one Ukrainian crew members aboard, state-run RAI television said. Armed men, including one believed to be the Tripoli port commander, detained the crew as Libyan workers aboard were disembarking Saturday and prevented the vessel from leaving port, the report said.

Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa said Sunday that Italy was prepared to evacuate the crew "with every possible means."

Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said the situation was fluid and confusing, but that he couldn't exclude that it amounted to a seizure. He said Eni, Italy's oil and gas giant which has significant interests in Libya, had rented the tug for use at oil platforms off the coast.

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KEYWORDS: asso22; frontpage; hostages; italy; libya
They need to kill Qaddafi before he takes everyone he can hostage -- reporters, people in embassies, etc.
1 posted on 03/20/2011 6:11:56 PM PDT by topher
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To: Admin Moderator

Breaking News? Should it be under Frontpage?


2 posted on 03/20/2011 6:13:28 PM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- are the values that time has proven them to work)
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To: topher

Asso 22

there is your problem right there


3 posted on 03/20/2011 6:14:35 PM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: topher

Gadhafi will get desperate, he has nothing to lose and will take out all he can with him if need be.


4 posted on 03/20/2011 6:15:28 PM PDT by bcr100
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To: topher
Italian officials said Sunday they would do whatever it takes

"We breaka you legs!"

5 posted on 03/20/2011 6:15:54 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: beebuster2000
Sounds more Greek than Italian.

LOL.

6 posted on 03/20/2011 6:16:45 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: topher

Hindsight ‘was’ 20/20. . .and they did nothing. We have only to wait and see, ‘the descent’ per frikin consequences.


7 posted on 03/20/2011 6:18:24 PM PDT by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . . .and Obama, not made in the USA either.. .)
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To: SIDENET

I guess the Asso 22 is a little behind schedule now.


8 posted on 03/20/2011 6:20:27 PM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: SIDENET
Are you implying that Italy might use some assets in Sicily...

The Godfather approach to International diplomacy...

They'll make Qaddafi an offer he cannot refuse...

9 posted on 03/20/2011 6:21:48 PM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- are the values that time has proven them to work)
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To: cricket
Hindsight ‘was’ 20/20.

are you saying the crew of the Asso should have used hindsight?

10 posted on 03/20/2011 6:23:50 PM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: topher
Italy should have been spearheading the entire effort...

11 posted on 03/20/2011 6:24:21 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: topher

Well, I sympathize with the crew. But you can’t very well start a war with a sovereign country, bomb their cities, try to kill their leader, and expect no retaliation.


12 posted on 03/20/2011 6:24:21 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: topher

Size up for a Cement Overcoat?


13 posted on 03/20/2011 6:24:28 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: beebuster2000

We’ll need a crack team to rescue them.


14 posted on 03/20/2011 6:34:27 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (when liberals rant, it's called free speech; when conservatives vent, it's called hate speech.)
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To: Winstons Julia

Now that the Asso incident is out where all can see, Obama wont be able to paper over the cracks in the alliance.


15 posted on 03/20/2011 6:44:09 PM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: topher

Does anyone even remotely trust the motives behind this sad endangerment of American lives?


16 posted on 03/20/2011 6:44:24 PM PDT by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: beebuster2000

I have no rebuttal for your assertion.


17 posted on 03/20/2011 6:47:34 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (when liberals rant, it's called free speech; when conservatives vent, it's called hate speech.)
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To: BenLurkin

Yes they should have, and they have the military to do it with.


18 posted on 03/20/2011 6:53:56 PM PDT by MSF BU (YR'S Please Support our troops: JOIN THEM!)
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To: topher

How long before all of the Mooselimbs all over the Middle East destroy all of their oil wells, storage and shipping facilities in one big scorched earth party? Probably not long, if Israel is bothered by the enemy.


19 posted on 03/20/2011 7:27:00 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote.)
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To: beebuster2000

lol, it’s just too easy, isn’t it?


20 posted on 03/20/2011 7:53:02 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: beebuster2000
No; was just offering, in a 'back to the future' manner of speaking, that reason capable leadership warned, pleaded for action. Without a timely response; and thank's to Obama, Inc.'s unwillingness to stop Gaddafi, we are now witnessing the worst of (predictable) consequences unfolding.

We need a Leader who can slay dragons; rather than one, who feeds them. (Of course, and as well; we need a leader who will never be called 'son' by any sick, vicious, Muslim Despot.)

21 posted on 03/20/2011 8:01:26 PM PDT by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . . .and Obama, not made in the USA either.. .)
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To: beebuster2000
No; was just offering, in a 'back to the future' manner of speaking, that reason capable leadership warned, pleaded for action. Without a timely response; and thank's to Obama, Inc.'s unwillingness to stop Gaddafi, we are now witnessing the worst of (predictable) consequences unfolding.

We need a Leader who can slay dragons; rather than one, who feeds them. (Of course, and as well; we need a leader who will never be called 'son' by any sick, vicious, Muslim Despot.)

22 posted on 03/20/2011 8:01:30 PM PDT by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . . .and Obama, not made in the USA either.. .)
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To: topher

Looks like ground action will take place...


23 posted on 03/20/2011 8:27:34 PM PDT by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: Cicero

If left in power I expect to see a lot more retaliation and renewed international terrorism coming out of Libya for the years to come.


24 posted on 03/20/2011 9:43:40 PM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: topher

It might be worth noting that the British military offshore has been making regular broadcasts threatening to sink anything that tries to leave port.


25 posted on 03/20/2011 10:39:02 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Thunder90
Like in the song, to the shores of Tripoli...
26 posted on 03/20/2011 11:32:10 PM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- are the values that time has proven them to work)
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