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  • Indian Navy nabs 61 Somali pirates after gun-battle in Arabian Sea

    03/14/2011 1:57:50 PM PDT · by Sancho1984 · 21 replies
    After a gun-battle in the high seas, the Indian Navy has apprehended a pirate mother ship rescuing 13 crew members and arrested 61 Somali sea brigands about 600 nautical miles off the western coast in the Arabian Sea. "At 2100 hours on March 12, INS Kalpeni intercepted a pirate mother vessel called Vega 5 in the Arabian Sea about 600 nautical miles west of India. 13 crew members were rescued and 61 pirates were nabbed," Navy spokesperson Commander P V Satish said here today. The operation had started on Friday when a naval Dornier aircraft located Vega 5 while responding...
  • Somali pirates cut ransoms to clear hijacked ships

    03/13/2011 3:11:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 58 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mar 13, 2011 | Mohamed Ahmed and Abdi sheikh
    Somali pirates said on Sunday they would lower some of their ransom demands to get a faster turnover of ships they hijack in the Indian Ocean. Armed pirate gangs, who have made millions of dollars capturing ships as far south as the Seychelles and eastwards towards India, said they were holding too many vessels and needed a quicker handover to generate more income. “I believe there is no excuse for taking high ransoms. At least each of our groups holds ships now,” pirate Hussein told Reuters from Hobyo on the Somalian coast. He said the pirates were holding more than...
  • Somali captors kill eight soldiers in failed rescue bid for Danish family

    03/10/2011 8:56:52 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/11/2011
    The Somali pirates holding a Danish family hostage on Thursday killed eight Puntland government troops who were heading towards their mountain hideout, security officials said. Officials said forces from the northern Somali breakaway state where the seven hostages – four adults and three teenage children – are held were approaching the pirates' lair and were intercepted on the way. "Puntland armed forces clashed with pirates near Bandar Beyla and the information we're getting indicates that there were casualties," said Abdifatah Mohamed, a security official based in Bosasso. "Some of our soldiers were killed and one of our trucks was destroyed,"...
  • Arabian Sea piracy suspects appear in Norfolk court

    03/10/2011 5:58:06 PM PST · by csvset · 22 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | March 10, 2011 | Corinne Reilly
    NORFOLK Thirteen Somalis and one Yemeni captured after four Americans were killed aboard a yacht last month are scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Norfolk this afternoon on piracy, kidnapping and gun charges. The men were brought into the federal courthouse in downtown Norfolk this morning. The group was turned over to the Justice Department on Wednesday after being held aboard the carrier Enterprise since the Feb. 22 shooting deaths of the Americans. A Navy spokesman said the Somalis were removed from the ship by Department of Justice officials. A federal grand jury indicted 14 suspected pirates, the...
  • Attempt to free Danish family from Somalia fails

    03/10/2011 2:51:20 PM PST · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    MOGADISHU, Somalia – An attempt by Somali security forces to free a Danish family from a pirate gang on Thursday turned deadly after the would-be rescuers walked into an ambush, a pirate and a security official said.
  • US Navy commandos capture 4 suspected pirates in raid on tanker

    03/07/2011 4:54:52 AM PST · by Skeez · 13 replies
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Anti-piracy officials say U.S. commandos have captured four suspected pirates who boarded a Japanese-owned oil tanker off the coast of Oman. A statement by the international anti-piracy task force says the 24 crew members on the MV Guanabara took refuge in a protected part of the vessel after reporting they were under attack Saturday. A special unit from the destroyer USS Bulkeley boarded the tanker Sunday and detained the suspected pirates about 328 nautical miles southeast of Duqm in southern Oman. The statement said no shots were fired and the merchant crew was not harmed....
  • Shrugging at terror

    03/07/2011 3:16:28 AM PST · by Scanian · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 6, 2011 | Michael A. Walsh
    Two American servicemen were killed last week on as signment overseas. No, not in Iraq or Afghanistan, but in Frankfurt, Germany, for the simple act of getting on a bus. A lone Muslim gunman opened fire on the unsuspecting airmen at the Frankfurt airport, killing Nicholas J. Alden and Zachary R. Cuddeback and wounding two others. He shouted "Allah Akbar" as he shot -- making it plain he was murdering in the name of his god. A few days earlier, four Americans sailing in the Indian Ocean on a mission of Christian mercy -distributing Bibles to remote churches -- were...
  • The Pirates of Somalia

    03/03/2011 5:28:08 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | March 3, 2011 | Clifford D. May
    ... Today, American ships are again under siege by pirates off the African coast. This time, however, the buccaneers are setting sail from Somalia rather than from the territories that are now Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco. Today, the U.S. has the greatest navy the world has ever seen. But the debate is exactly what it was more than 200 years ago: Do we have the will to fight? Or would we prefer to submit to blackmail — to pay tribute to sea dogs? ... Maj. Gen. Tom Wilkerson, USMC (ret.), is CEO of the U.S. Naval Institute. He told...
  • Armed private guards rescue Dutch couple after 6 Somali pirates attack yacht

    03/03/2011 5:49:09 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 81 replies
    NAIROBI, Kenya — The head of a private security company says his guards retook a yacht from Somali pirates after the Dutch couple on board locked themselves in a safe room. Thomas Jakobsson of Naval Guards said Thursday that six of his guards were accompanying the Capricorn yacht on a separate motorboat. Six armed pirates were able to get aboard the Capricorn but the Dutch couple barricaded themselves in the boat.
  • Pirate: Captive Danes will die if rescue attempted

    03/01/2011 8:40:22 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies
    AP ^ | March 1, 2011 | JAN M. OLSEN
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark – A Danish family captured by pirates in the Indian Ocean will suffer the same fate as four American sailors slain last week, if any rescue is attempt is made, a Somali pirate said Tuesday. Abdullahi Mohamed told The Associated Press that he has ties with the gang holding the family — a Danish couple with three children, aged 12 to 16. Most hostages captured in the pirate-infested waters off East Africa are professional sailors. Pirates rarely capture families and children, but a 3-year-old boy was aboard a French yacht seized in 2009. His father was killed in...
  • Danish family's sailboat hijacked in Indian Ocean

    02/28/2011 9:15:05 AM PST · by Kartographer · 126 replies
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 2/28/11
    Denmark's government says pirates in the Indian Ocean have hijacked a Danish sailboat with four adults and three children on board. The Danish Foreign Ministry says the ship sent a distress signal on Thursday, and "It has now been confirmed that the sailboat was hijacked by pirates." The ministry said Monday that a Danish couple, their three children — aged 12-16 — and two adult crew members were on board the boat. All are Danish nationals.
  • Remains of Jean and Scott Adam Return to U.S. [Killed by Somali Pirates]

    02/26/2011 11:57:02 AM PST · by La Enchiladita · 32 replies
    Santa Monica Patch ^ | Feb. 25, 2011 | Kurt Orzeck
    The remains of the other two Americans slain by Somali pirates have also arrived, a US Navy Central Command representative tells Santa Monica Patch. The remains of the four Americans who were slain by Somali pirates earlier this week have arrived back in the United States, a US Navy Central Command representative told Santa Monica Patch on Friday morning. The remains had been aboard the USS Enterprise off the coast of Somalia, a U.S. Navy Central Command spokesman said Tuesday. Meanwhile, also on Friday morning, Department of Justice spokesman Dean Boyd said, "The Justice Deptartment and the FBI continue to...
  • Report: Seizing of Pirate Chiefs Questioned in Killings of Four Americans (FBI screw up?)

    02/24/2011 9:27:43 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 89 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 24, 2011
    ... The New York Times reports that an FBI hostage-rescue negotiator aboard the U.S.S. Sterett came to believe the two Somalis were not serious when they boarded the vessel. Once those men were taken into custody, U.S. officials told the pirates on the yacht -- called the Quest -- to send over someone they could negotiate with. The events that immediately followed have been sharply contested and raises questions about the decision to detain the pirate leaders, the Times reports. American officials said the pirates on the yacht seemed relieved — even “exceptionally calm” — when they were told their...
  • Seattle couple murdered by pirates; Would guns on board be smart?

    02/23/2011 8:10:07 PM PST · by marktwain · 162 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 22 February, 2011 | Dave Workman
    Four Americans, including a Seattle couple, aboard a private yacht hijacked by Somali pirates are dead this morning, and readers reacting to the CBS story on-line are wondering why any of the pirates were taken alive. Likewise, after the Seattle Times caught up with the story at about 7:25 a.m., it didn’t take long for readers to suggest that the pirates be taught a lesson. The incident is hardly a first in that part of the world. Somali pirates have been emboldened by the willingness of some victims to pay outrageous ransoms. Reports indicate that negotiations were underway between the...
  • Take Two: Somali Pirates

    02/23/2011 8:05:03 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 22 February, 2011 | William C. Montgomery
    While preparing to write my fictional account of the voyage of the Neko II around Africa, which Mr. Farago has been good enough to publish in serial on this site, I spent countless hours researching and reading the accounts of people fortunate enough to sail the globe in private yachts. One of the blogs I stumbled across and drew inspiration from was that of Scott and Jean Adam and their Davidson 58 pilot house sloop, s/v Quest. One of my story’s plot points involved a brush with Somali pirates. No metaphor about art, life, imitation, or the strangeness of fiction...
  • Pastor of Catholic couple killed by Somali pirates praises their faith

    02/23/2011 1:55:51 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    cna ^ | February 23, 2011 | Kevin J. Jones
    Scott and Jean Adam hand out Bibles as part of their ministry Santa Monica, Calif., Feb 23, 2011 / 05:51 am (CNA).- A sailing Catholic couple killed by Somali pirates during their global cruise to distribute Bibles was a “wonderful part” of a California Catholic parish, the couple’s pastor said.Retirees Scott and Jean Adam of Marina del Rey, Calif. had decided to make a difference in the world by bringing Bibles to the “far-flung corners of the earth,” St. Monica Catholic Community pastor Msgr. Lloyd Torgerson said in a Feb. 22 interview.“Our community believes in helping to form loving...
  • Pirates add ammo, men to ships (to 30 hijacked vessels still under their control) after 4 US deaths

    02/23/2011 11:22:40 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 59 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/23/11 | Jason Straziuso and Malkhadir M. Muhumed - AP
    NAIROBI, Kenya – Pirates in Somalia said Wednesday they are ferrying ammunition and men to the 30 hijacked vessels still under their control, and they threatened to kill more captives following the violent end to a hostage standoff that left four Americans dead. The U.S. military said that 15 pirates detained after the Americans were slain Tuesday could face trial in the United States.
  • Will Pirates Who Allegedly Killed Americans Be Prosecuted In U.S.? And If So, Where?

    02/23/2011 7:48:29 AM PST · by Qbert · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/22/2011 | Mike Levine
    The fate of the Somali pirates who allegedly killed four Americans off the coast of Somalia has yet to be determined, but the U.S. Justice Department says it is "investigating and reviewing" evidence in the case and is "committed to working with our international partners to ensure that the perpetrators of this heinous crime are brought to justice." The four Americans were on a yacht in the waters off the Horn of Africa when their vessel was hijacked Friday. U.S. forces were following the hijacked yacht when on Tuesday at least some of the hijackers opened fire. The hostages --...
  • Killed Americans handed out both Catholic and Protestant Bibles

    Our Mission: To allow the power of the Word to transform lives. We seek fertile ground for the Word and homes for our Bibles. Often, the ultimate homes are best found by people who are already living locally and seeking and cultivating that fertile ground. AND even more extraordinary are the times when people have been praying for Bibles for their group or their schools and when we arrive we are often greeted by the attitude of, "We were expecting you." (that is, they were looking for their prayers to be answered. And...) "What took you so long?" Additionally, we...
  • 4 Americans on hijacked yacht dead off Somalia

    02/22/2011 1:23:08 PM PST · by STONEWALLS · 60 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2-22-11 | CBS/AP
    A pirate fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a U.S. Navy destroyer shadowing a hijacked yacht with four Americans aboard Tuesday. Then gunfire erupted, the military said. U.S. special forces rushed to the yacht only to find the four Americans fatally wounded. The experienced yacht enthusiasts from California and Washington are the first Americans killed by Somali pirates since the start of attacks off East Africa several years ago. One of the American couples on board had been sailing around the world since 2004 handing out Bibles. Their deaths appeared to underscore an increasingly brutal and aggressive shift by pirates in...
  • Rule 303 is Good Enough for Somali Pirates

    02/22/2011 12:15:23 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 49 replies
    IsraPundit | 2/22/2011 | Bill Levinson
    Somali pirates murder 4 Americans in cold blood but Navy captured 13 pirates alive by Bill Levinson As reported by the Christian Science Monitor, Somali pirates killed four American captives while the United States was negotiating peacefully for their release. US Central Command said four Navy warships were deployed in an effort to secure the Americans' release, and "negotiations were ongoing" when the shooting occurred at 1 a.m. today. Upon hearing gunfire, US forces boarded the Quest and confronted the pirates, capturing 13 and killing two. Attempts to revive the four Americans were unsuccessful and all four died from the...
  • No time for Libya or hostages (TOTUS AWOL as world explodes--teleprompter overload)

    02/22/2011 11:47:26 AM PST · by milwguy · 25 replies
    politico ^ | 02/22/2011 | matt negrin
    President Obama is sticking to his script, and there’s no room in it for Libya or the killings of four hostages by Somali pirates. Instead, Obama is spending his Tuesday in Cleveland spreading his message about jobs and innovation, and sitting in on some “breakout sessions” at a forum modeled after his “winning the future” rallying cry. Obama spoke for eight minutes in the morning as he started the conference, but made no mention of the violence in Libya or of the deaths of the hostages held by Somali pirates. His press secretary, Jay Carney, told reporters on Air Force...
  • Clinton condemns killing of 4 Americans by pirates

    02/22/2011 10:51:37 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 22, 2011
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States strongly condemned the killing of four U.S. citizens by Somali pirates off East Africa and urged the world to strive to bring maritime criminals to justice. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called the act "deplorable."
  • Somali Pirates Kill 4 Americans on Hijacked Ship

    02/22/2011 7:33:13 AM PST · by Allthegoodusernamesaregone · 219 replies
    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...
  • Americans on hijacked yacht dead off Somalia

    02/22/2011 6:18:59 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 98 replies
    cbs ^ | February 22, 2011
    The four Americans aboard a yacht hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia are dead, CBS News has learned. Hijacked last Friday off Oman, the Quest was being piloted toward the Somali coast - and was being shadowed by a U.S. Navy warship. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports that gunshots aboard the yacht were heard, and the warship took action. All 4 Americans were dead, killed apparently by their captors. There were more than a dozen pirates on board, some dead and others captured, Martin reports.
  • 4 Americans Abducted by Somali Pirates Have Been Killed, Fox News Confirms [banner only]

    02/22/2011 6:08:59 AM PST · by TomGuy · 208 replies · 2+ views
    FOX ^ | February 22, 2011
  • Pirates: Warship shadowing hijacked American yacht

    02/20/2011 4:04:26 PM PST · by nuconvert · 64 replies
    MOGADISHU, Somalia – A warship is shadowing a yacht with four Americans on board that was hijacked by Somali pirates, a pirate said Sunday, as the vessel was reported to be moving closer to the Somali coast.
  • Somali Pirates Capture 4 Americans.

    02/18/2011 7:06:25 PM PST · by Stayfrosty · 73 replies
    FOXNews ^ | 2-18-2011 | NA
    UNITED NATIONS -- Somalia's U.N. Mission said Friday that pirates hijacked a yacht carrying four U.S. citizens in the Indian Ocean off the Somali coast.
  • Norwegian shipper: kill pirates 'on the spot'

    02/16/2011 8:41:02 AM PST · by Kartographer · 63 replies
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 2/16/11 | BJOERN H. AMLAND
    A Norwegian shipping magnate was strongly criticized Wednesday for suggesting that pirates captured off the Horn of Africa should be sunk with their skiffs or executed on the spot. In a newspaper op-ed, the 79-year-old founder of the Stolt-Nielsen shipping group, Jacob Stolt-Nielsen, said history shows that fighting piracy requires a gloves-off approach. "When (piracy) implies a great risk of being caught and hanged, and the cost of losing ships and weapons becomes too big, it will decrease and eventually disappear," Stolt-Nielsen wrote Tuesday in Norwegian financial newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv.
  • Raid on ship off Africa's east coast frees hostages held for three months (Brits let pirates go)

    02/15/2011 5:24:50 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 19 replies
    The Australian ^ | February 15, 2011 12:35PM | Deborah Haynes
    A ROYAL Navy team has successfully stormed a vessel seized by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden and rescued five Yemeni fishermen who had been held hostage for three months. The Ministry of Defence described the Yemeni fishing boat as a pirate "mother ship". The pirates used it as a base from which to mount attacks in three smaller craft, which were destroyed in the operation last Thursday. The group of about half a dozen sailors and Royal Marines, dispatched from a British warship that is part of an anti-piracy mission in the region, found and destroyed several weapons,...
  • Danish warship captures Gulf of Aden pirates (EU steps up, gets mothership)

    02/13/2011 6:02:43 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 25 replies
    AFP via Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, February 13, 2011
    Danish ship patrolling the Gulf of Aden under NATO operational control captured 16 suspected Somali pirates who were sailing a hijacked vessel, the Danish navy and NATO said on Sunday. "The Esbern Snare warship on Friday morning captured a pirate group which operated from a hijacked ship," the Danish Navy operational control (SOK) said in a statement. The Danish crew spotted a small suspicious vessel while patrolling off the Somali coast Friday and decided to investigate it. "After boarding the vessel it became clear that those (aboard) were 16 suspected pirates and two Yemeni hostages," NATO's Allied Maritime command said.
  • India warns of crackdown as pirates hunt near coast [Somali Pirates]

    02/10/2011 11:24:47 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 4 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | February 10, 2011 | Agence France-Presse
    India on Thursday warned of an increased threat to shipping off its southwest coast, as 28 suspected Somali pirates were brought to Mumbai for questioning. Coastguard Inspector General SPS Basra said there had been a rise in pirate attacks on merchant vessels within 250-300 nautical miles (450-550 kilometres) of India in recent months and shipping had been warned to steer clear of danger areas. "The Indian Navy and Coastguard are sparing no effort to thwart any such activity in Indian waters and will continue to deal with such incidents decisively with an iron fist to keep our waters safe and...
  • India detains 52 after raid on pirate 'mothership'

    02/06/2011 3:25:21 AM PST · by csvset · 7 replies
    France24 ^ | 06/02/2011 | AFP
    ndia's defence ministry announced Sunday the country's navy and coastguard detained 52 people aboard a Thai fishing vessel that had been hijacked six months ago off the coast of Somalia. AFP - The Indian navy and coastguard captured a suspected pirate "mothership" and detained more than 50 people after a firefight on Sunday off southwestern India, the defence ministry said. "There were 52 people in all," defence ministry spokesman Captain M. Nambiar told AFP but was unable to specify the numbers of suspected pirates and rescued hostages, nor could he give their nationalities. All were found on board a Thai...
  • Microsoft says La Familia drug cartel is selling bootleg Office software

    02/05/2011 1:31:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 2/5/11 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles
    La Familia drug cartel is selling not just drugs, but also counterfeit Microsoft Office computer software, according the Redmond, Wash., tech giant. Microsoft showed off unauthorized copies of its Office 2007 software in Paris today which the company said it found for sale in Mexico. The pirated copies of Office were marked with La Familia cartel's rectangular "FMM" logo that the Microsoft says proves the link between the counterfeiting and the organized crime group, according to a Bloomberg report. "This is the real side, the scary side of counterfeiting and it plagues the world," said David Finn, Microsoft's associate general...
  • Indian Navy Sinks Mothership Of Somali Pirates In Arabian Sea, 15 Held

    01/30/2011 1:26:18 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 19 replies
    DNA ^ | January 29, 2011 | DNA
    The Indian Navy ship INS Cankarso exchanged fire with a pirate vessel after two skiffs deployed from the ship were spotted on Friday morning near the Lakshadweep Isles. Fifteen pirates were taken into custody, and the ship recovered 20 fishermen of Thai and Myanmarese nationality, who were the original crew of the fishing vessel. The skiffs were originally tracked by the coast guard and the Indian Naval Dornier aircraft, which retreated to the ‘mother pirate’ vessel Prantalay, which had been hijacked in April 2010. The INS Cankarso (a recently commissioned water jet fast attack craft), which was already deployed in...
  • (Indian) Navy destroys pirate mother ship, arrests pirates

    01/29/2011 8:15:35 PM PST · by STARSCREAM1987 · 30 replies
    THE HINDU ^ | January 29, 2011 | Special Correspondent Pirate mother ship Prantalay 14 towing skiffs prior to hoisting them on board. The skiffs were used by the pirates to chase merchant vessel CMA CGM Verdi off Lakshadweep on Friday, but with a Coast Guard Dornier challenging them, they were forced to retreat. Special Arrangement Pirate mother ship Prantalay 14 towing skiffs prior to hoisting them on board. The skiffs were used by the pirates to chase merchant vessel CMA CGM Verdi off Lakshadweep on Friday, but with a Coast Guard Dornier challenging them, they were forced to retreat. Whilst the Coast Guard and Navy Dorniers tracked Prantalay,...
  • Malaysia navy foils ship hijack attempt, seizes pirates

    01/22/2011 4:56:04 AM PST · by csvset · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 22 Jan 2011 | BBC
    Malaysia says its navy commandos have foiled an attempted hijacking of a ship in the Gulf of Aden, rescuing 23 crew and capturing seven Somali pirates. It says the commandos injured three pirates during a gun battle on board the Malaysian-flagged MT Bung Laurel chemical tanker on Friday. The navy was alerted by a distress signal from the vessel's crew. Kuala Lumpur is now considering whether the pirates should face trial in Malaysia. "We will determine what we should do, whether we are going to bring them here to be tried or take any other appropriate action," Malaysian Prime Minister...
  • S. Korea navy 'kills Somali pirates, saves crew'

    01/21/2011 6:03:20 AM PST · by nuconvert · 45 replies
    SEOUL (AFP) – South Korean navy commandos Friday stormed a ship hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean, rescuing all the 21 crew and killing eight pirates, military officials said. The SEAL special forces boarded the South Korean ship before dawn, freeing all the hostages and killing the pirates in cabin-to-cabin battles, they said. Five other pirates were captured. "This operation demonstrated our government's strong will that we won't tolerate illegal activities by pirates any more," Lieutenant-General Lee Sung-Ho of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told a news briefing. The South Korean skipper of the chemical freighter suffered a...
  • S. Korean Navy frees hijacked cargo ship, kills Somali pirates

    01/20/2011 11:11:09 PM PST · by GQuagmire · 28 replies
    Yonhap ^ | 1/21/11
    SEOUL, Jan. 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korean naval special forces successfully rescued 21 seamen and their South Korean-operated cargo ship that was hijacked last week by Somali pirates in an operation that left eight Somali pirates dead, Seoul's military officials said Friday. "Our special forces stormed the hijacked Samho Jewelry earlier today and freed all hostages," said Col. Lee Bung-woo, a spokesman at South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  • Danish ship attack brings up two ways to deal with pirates

    01/17/2011 8:06:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 15 January, 2011 | david codrea
    “Pirates operating off the Somali coast have kidnapped six crew from a Danish ship,” The BBC reports. "We believe the ship was carrying arms, ammunition and explosives, and we believe the cargo is still intact," said the spokesman, Wing Commander Paddy O'Kennedy. That’s curious—that the crew did not avail themselves of those arms, and instead elected to place themselves at the mercy of cutthroats. Might there be more to this story? Still, it’s fair to examine what one should do if they find themselves beset by the wolf pack on the high seas. To that end, the report presents an...
  • 'I Am Deeply Sad and Don't Know How to Go On'

    01/11/2011 10:38:13 PM PST · by Cardhu · 28 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 11th 2011 | Beate Lakotta
    Two out of the 10 Somali pirates on trial in Hamburg for hijacking a German container ship testified for the first time this week. Their stories provided a glimpse of the hardships of life in their lawless homeland. The accused, Hussein Carab M. politely thanked the court and those present for their attention before describing the hardships that led him to join up with pirates. He claimed that he was six years old when his parents were killed by a grenade in the chaos of Somalia's civil war, and then spent his childhood traumatized, and on his own. Now a...
  • Somali pirates receive $5.5 million in ransom for German tanker

    12/29/2010 9:25:04 PM PST · by Rabin · 25 replies · 2+ views
    pravda ^ | 29.12.2010 | Staff
    Somali pirates released a hijacked German-owned chemical tanker and its crew of 22 on Tuesday. But the release came at a price-$5.5 million was paid in ransom.
  • Somali pirates hijack cargo ship

    12/25/2010 1:06:23 PM PST · by Qbert · 23 replies · 2+ views
    AP via KIVI-TV/ABC ^ | 12/25/2010 | AP
    <p>NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - The European Union's anti-piracy force says a Thai-owned cargo ship has been hijacked in the Arabian Sea.</p> <p>The MV Thor Nexus was headed to Bangladesh after leaving the United Arab Emirates, the EU force said in a statement. There are 27 crew members, all Thai, on board the ship, it said.</p>
  • Russian sailors don’t shoot at sea pirates in Gulf of Aden – admiral

    12/24/2010 10:13:07 AM PST · by klpt · 25 replies · 2+ views
    Itar-Tass ^ | 24.12.2010 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, December 24 (Itar-Tass) -- Russian sailors did not shoot at sea pirates in the Gulf of Aden, Navy Commander Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky said in comment on a video clip showing crewmembers of the Marshal Shaposhnikov large anti-sub ship fire at small boats, which presumably belonged to Somali pirates. “Our sailors would have never opened fire at people at sea. That is an absurdity, which is not worth a comment,” he said. The three-minute video clip posted on the Internet displays firing sailors, a pirate boat and an approaching ship, and missiles flying from the warship. In the opinion of...
  • Classic '60 Series game hits MLB Network

    12/15/2010 4:38:35 PM PST · by fkabuckeyesrule · 22 replies ^ | December 15, 2010 | Jenifer Langosch
    PITTSBURGH -- For the first time since its original telecast, Game 7 of the 1960 World Series between the Pirates and Yankees will be aired on television on Wednesday. Beginning at 8 p.m. ET, the game will be shown in its entirety on MLB Network. Along with footage of the game, the telecast will include exclusive interviews taped during a viewing of the game at Pittsburgh's Byham Theater last month. Bob Costas interviewed players from Pittsburgh's '60 World Series championship club, as well as Vera Clemente, actor Michael Keaton and New York's Bobby Richardson. Though Bill Mazeroski was unable to...
  • Survey: Nearly 1 in 3 US Somalis live in Minnesota

    12/14/2010 1:16:40 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 30 replies · 1+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 12-14-10 | a[
    Nearly one in three people with Somali ancestry in the United States live in Minnesota, although some activists claim there are more. The 1 in 3 estimate comes from new survey data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The bureau's American Community Survey says there are about 25,000 people with Somali ancestry in Minnesota and about 85,700 in the United States. The other states with large Somali populations are Ohio, Washington and California, but their communities are much smaller than Minnesota's.
  • Leaked cables claim Kenya sent tanks to South Sudan

    12/10/2010 6:51:37 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Nation (Kenya) ^ | December 10, 2010 | KEVIN KELLY and PATRICK MAYOYO
    The mystery surrounding Russian-made tanks that the government denied were destined for South Sudan last year has been unravelled by a secret diplomatic cable. A 2009 cable released by whistleblowing site WikiLeaks says a senior State Department official produced satellite images that appeared to show that the tanks unloaded in Kenya were trans-shipped to South Sudan. The evidence contradicted claims by Kenyan officials that the hardware imported from Ukraine was intended for the Kenyan military. A bill of lading and manifest of the hijacked MV Faina, which was seen by the Nation when the ship was released by pirates showed...
  • Russia Applies Rule 303 to Terrorists (Pirates)

    12/07/2010 12:20:30 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 46 replies · 1+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | 12/7/10 | Bill Levinson
    Israel and the United States need to learn how they do things in Russia, because the way they do things in Russia usually works. Somalia pirates' clash with Russian navy reveals a gap in rule of lawTheoretically, the [Russian] captain was supposed to hand the detainees and the evidence over to regional police. Not wanting to involve himself in legal wrangling, however, he decided to "release" the pirates instead. And thus they were "set free" in a tiny inflatable raft, with no navigation equipment, 350 miles off the coast of Yemen. The raft has disappeared. In the 21st century, this...
  • Bangladeshi ship seized by pirates heads to Somalia (Pirates 1200 miles from home)

    12/06/2010 4:19:46 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 13 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | 6 December 2010
    A Bangladeshi-flagged cargo ship hijacked by pirates off the coast of India appears to be heading towards the Somali coast, shipping officials say. The MV Jahan Moni, carrying 43,000 tonnes of nickel ore, was taken over by heavily-armed pirates on Sunday. The ship was taken around 300 nautical miles (550km) off the coast of the southern Indian city of Kochi. The ship, with 25 Bangladeshi crew on board, was on its way from Indonesia to Greece, officials said. ... "If the pirates are from Somalia, then it shows that they have the capability to travel even more than 2,000km (1,245...
  • Prosecuting pirates in India a problem: Navy Chief

    12/02/2010 10:46:03 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 15 replies
    Zee News ^ | 2 December, 2010 | Zee News
    NEW DELHI: After nearly two years of active anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia, the Navy has found it difficult to prosecute the sea brigands its warships apprehend as there is no provision under the Indian laws. Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma said here today that there was a problem in India as there were no laws to prosecute the pirates caught in the high seas by the Indian warships. "There is a problem in India on legal aspects. Our laws do not cover this (piracy) aspects. If you bring them and cannot prosecute them, then they...