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Yemen navy charges $60,000 for safe passage in pirate waters
The Australian ^ | January 06, 2010 | Michelle Wiese Bockmann,

Posted on 01/05/2010 3:48:01 PM PST by george76

YEMEN'S navy is charging commercial vessels up to $US55,000 ($60,800) each to guarantee transit through the pirate-infested waters of the Gulf of Aden under a deal that has reaped about $US30 million over 18 months.

The hiring of Yemeni military came as al-Qa'ida flourishes in the Arabian Peninsula nation, and was agreed without the apparent knowledge of Yemeni government officials or international anti-piracy military forces.

at least one merchant ship a day, including some of the largest ship owners, are discreetly paying Yemen for military protection,

Somali pirates have attacked more than 200 commercial ships and hijacked nearly 50 over the past 12 months...

About $US40m has been paid in ransoms.

A spokesman for the US military's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet said he had no knowledge of the deal.

(Excerpt) Read more at theaustralian.com.au ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: maritime; navy; pirates; somali; somalia; somalipirates; terrorists; usnavy; yemen

1 posted on 01/05/2010 3:48:02 PM PST by george76
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To: george76

Pay in advance, or pay upon successful passage?


2 posted on 01/05/2010 3:49:29 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: george76

Welcome to the Barbary Coast II.

Why aren’t we sinking a number of pirate ships, and a number of pirates with them?


3 posted on 01/05/2010 3:50:16 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Good news. HC bill will not cover illegal aliens. Bad news. 20-35 million will be made citizens.)
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To: george76

great racket! how much are they kicking over to the pirates?

the Soprano crew must have thought that one up!


4 posted on 01/05/2010 3:50:18 PM PST by rahbert (Bop Bop, dibidip dibidip....)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Protection money, seems like we’ve heard that before.


5 posted on 01/05/2010 3:50:57 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine
Sounds like the Barbary pirates have settled in Yemen.

“Millions for defense, not one cent for tribute.” Thomas Jefferson

6 posted on 01/05/2010 3:52:15 PM PST by kabar
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To: george76
Yemen navy charges $60,000 for safe passage in pirate waters

Until the pirates offer $65,000 to deliver the ship to them. I can see a bidding war between the pirates and the shippers.

BTW, what evidence is there that the Yemeni Navy and Somali Pirates are distinct entities?

7 posted on 01/05/2010 3:58:12 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (The CRU needs adult supervision.)
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To: DoughtyOne
Why aren’t we sinking a number of pirate ships, and a number of pirates with them?

Because we are the largest muslim nation and therefore our navy can't harm another muslim. Just ask our Dear Reader.

8 posted on 01/05/2010 4:00:24 PM PST by YankeeReb (Pray for 0bama Psalm 109:8 ; May his days be short. May another take his office.)
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To: george76; rahbert; DoughtyOne

Obviously this is tribute, because Yemen has no navy to speak of. Acceptance of this proposal provides the clearest evidence the Western task force in the Persian Gulf has chosen impotence from among the alterantives available. Instantaneous communications means politicians are micro-managing mlitary operations.


9 posted on 01/05/2010 4:00:40 PM PST by Retain Mike
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To: george76

Not one thin dime for tribute. Blast the pirates to hell.


10 posted on 01/05/2010 4:02:20 PM PST by Graybeard58 ("Get lost, Mitt. You're the Eddie Haskell of the Republican party." (Finny))
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To: george76

Perhaps the US State Dept will congratulate Yemen for its “business” acumen. Previous posts...”Barbary Pirates, tribute” are quite to the point. Islamic Jizya has not been applied, although it is central to the problem.


11 posted on 01/05/2010 4:04:06 PM PST by givemELL (Does Taiwan Meet the Criteria to Qualify as an "Overseas Territory of the United States"? by Richar)
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To: YankeeReb

Can’t argue with that.


12 posted on 01/05/2010 4:04:46 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Good news. HC bill will not cover illegal aliens. Bad news. 20-35 million will be made citizens.)
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To: YankeeReb

Can’t argue with that.


13 posted on 01/05/2010 4:04:49 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Good news. HC bill will not cover illegal aliens. Bad news. 20-35 million will be made citizens.)
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To: Retain Mike

Can’t argue with that.


14 posted on 01/05/2010 4:05:28 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Good news. HC bill will not cover illegal aliens. Bad news. 20-35 million will be made citizens.)
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To: george76
According to Wiki they have two corvettes, eight missile boats and some coastal defense craft.
15 posted on 01/05/2010 4:05:33 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: george76

Yemen is part of the piracy in the Gulf of Aden problem.


16 posted on 01/05/2010 4:10:28 PM PST by cranked
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To: kabar
“Millions for defense, not one cent for tribute.” Thomas Jefferson

The sentiment is admirable but that phrase is incorrectly, yet consistently, attributed to Thomas Jefferson.

The statement was actually made by Robert Goodloe Harper, Congressman from South Carolina and Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, on June 18, 1798 and had to do with the French Navy seizing our ships on the high seas. The proof is left as an exercise for Google.

17 posted on 01/05/2010 4:14:44 PM PST by atomic_dog
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To: colorado tanker

According to Wiki they have two corvettes, eight missile boats and some coastal defense craft....In other words, eighteen seconds would be the maximum term of this Navy if the Obama administration had ANY balls.


18 posted on 01/05/2010 4:18:43 PM PST by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: colorado tanker
According to Wiki they have two corvettes, eight missile boats and some coastal defense craft.

Actually I think the "protection" boats are Australian-built

37.5 metre patrol boat

19 posted on 01/05/2010 4:19:09 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (Life is a tragedy for those who feel, but a comedy to those who think. - Horace Walpole)
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To: Oztrich Boy

Most of the Yemeni ships are Russian built, but they do have eight Bay Class patrol boats built in Australia. I didn’t see in the article which they are “renting” out.


20 posted on 01/05/2010 4:31:16 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Safetgiver

Actually, Yemen is friendly to the US. I would think their government would disapprove of the pirates because they’re bad for business at the port of Aden.


21 posted on 01/05/2010 4:33:12 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: george76

Terrorists AND pirates? What a country!


22 posted on 01/05/2010 9:14:06 PM PST by LUV W (When Obama says (over and over) "let me be clear" you can interpret it as "let me lie to you"!)
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To: george76

Cuttin in on the US....we’re supposed to be the ones quaranteein’ safe passage around the world.


23 posted on 01/06/2010 10:38:35 AM PST by mo
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To: colorado tanker

Actually, Yemen is friendly to the US...Actually, I doubt any Muslim nation is friendly to the US. Ask the kids on the Cole.


24 posted on 01/06/2010 4:58:52 PM PST by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: Safetgiver
I didn't say the Yemeni people are friendly to us; the government is.

Besides needing the maritime traffic passing by their port of Aden, they have a serious Shiite insurgency Iran is almost certainly behind. So, the government is aligned with the Saudis and us.

As we know from the Cole and the fruit of the loom bomber, AQ has had a presence there for some time.

25 posted on 01/06/2010 5:08:34 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: george76; SunkenCiv; G8 Diplomat; nuconvert; gandalftb
The most powerful pirate group is the Somali Marines, who, reports say, is the most sophisticated of the pirate groups and one that has a military structure. It has a fleet admiral, admiral, vice admiral and a head of financial operations.

Area of operation is central Somalia from north of Mogadishu towards Puntland. Their specialties are kidnap and ransom, and are known to use mother vessels. It is said to have a capability to operate further off-shore than the other groups and participate in piracy activities involving vessel seizures, kidnappings and ransom demands.
Their main activities are around the areas of the central Somali coast of Haradheere. The Somali Marines, or the Defenders of Somali Territorial Waters as they like to be called, are loyal to regional warlord Abdi Mohamed Afweyne. They were responsible for a recent hostage saga where they held 25 hostages for four months until a sizeable ransom was paid.

Read more about it here

http://www.bergenrisksolutions.com/index.php?dokument=377

IMB Live Piracy Map 2010

http://www.icc-ccs.org/index.php?option=com_fabrik&view=visualization&controller=visualization.googlemap&Itemid=219

IMB Piracy Map 2009
http://www.icc-ccs.org/index.php?option=com_fabrik&view=visualization&controller=visualization.googlemap&Itemid=261

PIRATES OF AFRICA'S SOMALI COAST: ON TERRORISM'S BRINK?
http://ajol.info/index.php/smsajms/article/view/48737/35089

26 posted on 01/10/2010 1:19:32 AM PST by AdmSmith
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The description of some of the suspected pirate mother ships are as follows - long white, Russian made stern trawlers with names "BURUM OCEAN or ARENA or ATHENA".

Burum Ocean


Arena or Athena

http://www.icc-ccs.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=59:piracy-alert&layout=blog&Itemid=60

Why not take them out?
27 posted on 01/10/2010 1:52:33 AM PST by AdmSmith
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To: AdmSmith
The problem is that the pirates are mainly fisherman...with weapons. Piracy is mostly a crime of opportunity. Most of the time they actually fish.

They keep their weapons below deck, no one watching, no UAV's overhead, here comes a tanker.....

28 posted on 01/11/2010 12:09:50 AM PST by gandalftb (OK State football: Cotton Bowl bound vs. Ole Miss......Go Cowboys!!!)
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