Skip to comments.Somali Pirates Kill 4 Americans on Hijacked Ship
Posted on 02/22/2011 7:33:13 AM PST by Allthegoodusernamesaregone
WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2011 Somali pirates killed all four Americans they had held hostage aboard a sailing vessel in the Indian Ocean this morning, U.S. Central Command officials announced.
U.S. officials were negotiating with the pirates for the safe return of the captured Americans when the murders took place, officials said.
Centcom officials said that in the midst of negotiations, U.S. forces responded to gunfire aboard the S/V Quest. When the forces reached the boat, officials said, they discovered all four hostages had been shot by their captors. Despite immediate steps to provide life-saving care, all four hostages ultimately died of their wounds.
During the boarding, the Somali pirates fired on the U.S. forces, who killed two pirates and captured 13 others. U.S. forces already had captured two other pirates, and the servicemembers boarding the Quest found the remains of two other pirates.
In total, it is believed 19 pirates were involved in the hijacking of the S/V Quest, Centcom officials said.
We express our deepest condolences for the innocent lives callously lost aboard the Quest, said Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis, Centcoms commander.
The pirates seized the boat Feb. 18 off the coast of Oman. Somali pirates - often operating from mother ships far out to sea -- have captured scores of ships and generally have held the ships and crews for ransom. News reports indicate Somali pirates currently hold 29 ships with more than 660 hostages.
Piracy in the region occurred originally off of Somalias east coast for several years. In August 2009, the pirates extended their attacks to the Gulf of Aden, between Yemen and Somalias north coast. The pirates since have ranged farther out to sea - up to 600 miles - and now affect more than a million square miles in the Gulf of Aden, the west Indian Ocean and the Red Sea.
The United States has worked closely with regional and international partners to attack the problem. In this case, American forces closely monitored and tailed the Quest. Four U.S. Navy warships made up a response force dedicated to recovering the S/V Quest: the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf, the guided-missile destroyers USS Sterett and USS Bulkeley.
“...safari per se with UCAVs with hellfires...”
Ahh!! FUN stuff!!!
We could make a Movie about it...
“Hellfires in the Mist: A Love Story.”
CIA for USAs cya...
its got a nice 'campaign' sorta sound dont it ???
'from the halls of montezuma...'...
Putin did...there s a video out of how they killed the pirates that tried to take a Russian ship ..they blew the Pirate ship up with the pirates tied onto it.
She would have bombed their camps long ago. We know exactly where they are. Eyes in the skies.
I have a solution too: Cut off all aid to Somalia. I don’t want one penny of mine going to that crappy country of subhumans.
I remember back in the 80s when Somalia was whining about its famine and asking for aid from Western Civilization. What struck me about film from the country was all the damn babies. Those animals couldn’t find food to eat, but they could still pump out babies. And those babies have grown into pirates.
Somalians! Ask the people of Lewiston, Maine how they like Somalians. Put the ones we imported on a ship and let the pirates take them back.
Why spend more than the .22 cents per round of the tax payers hard earned money to blow their heads off, is beyond my understanding!
This would be a great time to start balancing the US budget, no more catch and release, instead, kill and dump into the sea. Case closed, justice upheld, and money saved all around!!!!!
I keep waiting for the headline to read,
Boat with 20 dead Somali Pirates found.
America denies involvement.
I agree my fellow American, with one correction:
“America denies involvement.”
America admits involvement and looks forward to the next engagement.
A man after my own heart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nuke em til they glow!!
Bring back the Q-Ships...
My friends, in a different time, with Americans running the government, you’d get your wish...
However...with the feckless POS we have now...
Not so much...
“...’from the halls of montezuma...’...”
I just copied the text and link, I didnt say it was true. Clearly he was wrong on this point.
Keep in mind he was speculating over the ship owners actions. Maybe their #1 goal is getting their boats back with no holes. You take your live at big risk on a ship in that area without a military escort as I put in a couple of comments. Someone questioned if the guns were allowed in the ports.
The way to take care of them is for THEM to take care of THEMSELVES, as Americans have ALWAYS done.
You go to sea, you arm up, regardless of what some idiot politican says, and you riddle the savages as they try t o board.
Or better yet, you engage them from standoff distance.
Dead Pirates, living Americans...
SOunds like a fair trade.
Who made the decision to “follow” the boat? This set the stage for failure. They should have dropped a team in near by and take a shot. This is just crazy FAIL that must have come from the top.
They are holding 31 ships.
I’m amazed this is allowed to keep happening. The world could put an end to this if it wanted.
Agreed. Weak decoys with massive armed power is the way to draw out an enemy. Our government has lost the common sense necessary to defend America. The first order of defense 101 are the borders, yet ever since Reagan our borders have been left open so that business gets cheap labor. I blame it on years of stupidity where our stooge leaders are worked for lobbyists for other countries and multi national corporations, rather than unabashedly for the USA. When leaders of America have conflicts of interest it never bodes well for the USA.
I agree. I support ending all foreign aid. We're broke. As I recollect Rick Santorum was a huge promoter of these refugees too and I emailed my opposition at the time. But Santorum was much more a corporatist than a conservative.
All these successful dudes who think they are successful only because of their own ability, versus their employees and their country need to try out ability alone in Somalia. It is a country without any regulations or laws. Let them try living on their wits alone.