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Postby greeney2 » Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:08 am

What should we do? Just let them keep hijacking ships all over the world like we do with other terrorists, or make their country responsible?



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MOMBASA, Kenya – Somali pirates captured four more ships and took more than 60 crew members hostage in a brazen hijacking spree, while the American captain who escaped their grip planned to reunite with his crew and fly home Wednesday to the United States.

Capt. Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama has been hailed as a hero for offering himself up as a hostage to save his crew. In a dramatic rescue, U.S. Navy SEALs shot three pirates dead Sunday night to free Phillips after a five-day standoff.

Phillips and his 19-man crew will reunite in the Kenyan port of Mombasa on Wednesday and fly from there to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on a chartered flight, according to the shipping company Maersk. They will be reunited with loved ones at Andrews in a private reception area.

Pirates have vowed to retaliate for five colleagues slain by U.S. and French forces in hostage rescues in the last week, and the top U.S. military officer said Tuesday he takes those comments seriously.

But Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told ABC's "Good Morning America" that "we're very well prepared to deal with anything like that."

Despite Mullen's confident statement and President Barack Obama's warning of further U.S. action, Somali pirates captured two more nautical trophies Tuesday to match the two ships they seized a day or two earlier.

The latest seizures were the Lebanese-owned cargo ship MV Sea Horse, the Greek-managed bulk carrier MV Irene E.M. and two Egyptian fishing boats. Maritime officials said the Irene carried 21 to 23 Filipino crew and the International Maritime Bureau reported 36 fishermen, all believed to be Egyptian, on the two boats.

It was not known exactly how many crew the Sea Horse had, but a ship that size would probably need at least a dozen sailors.

NATO spokeswoman Shona Lowe said pirates in three or four speedboats captured the Sea Horse off Somalia's eastern coast on Tuesday — an attack that came only hours after the Irene was seized in a rare overnight raid in the nearby Gulf of Aden.

The two Egyptian fishing boats were hijacked in the gulf off Somalia's northern coast but it was not clear if those attacks came Monday or Sunday.

The Gulf of Aden, which links the Suez Canal and the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean, is one of the world's busiest and most vital shipping lanes, crossed by over 20,000 ships each year. It has been at the center of the world's fight against piracy.

A flotilla of warships from nearly a dozen countries has patrolled the Gulf of Aden and nearby Indian Ocean waters for months. They have halted many attacks on ships this year, but say the area is so vast they can't stop all hijackings.

Pirates have attacked 78 ships this year, hijacking 19 of them, and 17 ships with over 300 crew still remain in pirates' hands, according to Noel Choong, who heads the International Maritime Bureau's piracy reporting center in Kuala Lumpur.

Each boat carries the potential of a million-dollar ransom.

A senior U.S. defense official in Washington said Phillips was being debriefed Tuesday on the USS Bainbridge. Among other questions, FBI officials and maritime experts are keen to know exactly what each hostage-taker did, to gather evidence for possible criminal investigations or to better prepare for future hostage situations.

It was not clear exactly who was interviewing Phillips. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the record.

A fourth pirate who had been holding Phillips was in U.S. custody after surrendering.

The Irene, flagged in the Caribbean island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, was sailing from the Middle East to South Asia, Choong said.

U.S. Navy Lt. Nathan Christensen, spokesman for the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, said the Irene carried 23 Filipino crew, while Choong reported it had 21 and Greek marine officials said it carried 22. There was no immediate way to reconcile the figures.

A maritime security contractor, speaking on condition of anonymity because it is a sensitive security issue, said the Irene put out a distress signal "to say they had a suspicious vessel approaching. That rapidly turned into an attack and then a hijacking."

"They tried to call in support on the emergency channels, but they never got any response," the contractor said.

In Washington, Obama appeared to move the piracy issue higher on his agenda, vowing the United States would work with nations around the world to fight the problem.

"I want to be very clear that we are resolved to halt the rise of piracy in that region and to achieve that goal, we're going to have to continue to work with our partners to prevent future attacks," Obama told reporters Monday.

The 19 crew members of the Alabama celebrated their skipper's freedom with beer and an evening barbecue Monday in Mombasa.

The U.S. is considering new options to fight piracy, including adding Navy gunships along the Somali coastline and launching a campaign to disable pirate "mother ships."

The four pirates who attacked the Alabama were between 17 and 19 years old, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said.

"Untrained teenagers with heavy weapons," Gates told students and faculty at the Marine Corps War College. "Everybody in the room knows the consequences of that."

U.S. officials were now considering whether to bring the fourth pirate, who surrendered shortly before the sniper shootings, to the United States or turn him over to Kenya. Both piracy and hostage-taking carry life prison sentences under U.S. law.

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Associated Press writers who contributed to this report include Pauline Jelinek from Washington, Mohamed Olad Hassan in Mogadishu, Somalia; Michelle Faul, Malkhadir M. Muhumed, Tom Maliti and Todd Pitman in Kenya; Eileen Ng in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Adam Schreck in Manama, Bahrain, Lara Jakes, Anne Gearan and Devlin Barrett in Washington; Slobodan Lekic in Brussels.
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Postby Lashmar » Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:41 am

This is just the first of many now. :roll:

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Postby Jaack » Tue Apr 14, 2009 1:33 pm

We should start a war on piracy. We have many laws already on the books about piracy and dealing with pirates.

We should start with the D'Rat part and their aparatchik, like Dear reader's ACORN unit etc... they are the real pirates. $10,000,000,000,000.00 [trillion] they are hijacking from America.

O and kill all the 2nd class ragheads.
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Postby evutch » Wed Apr 22, 2009 5:24 pm

real intelligent jaacckkie..
surprised you didn't throw in the homosex issue..

anyways, back to the issue..
pirates..
first, sure lets make somalia responsible..
and send in delta..
gee, that worked SO good last time..
THERE IS NO SOMALIA government..

they are ALL pirates..
second..
we are swatting flies with baseball bats..
we need flyswatters..
what happened to all our swift boats??
out hydrofoils?

a well prepared cigarette boat even?
something small, fast, and loaded for for bear..
THIS is the FUTURE.

we'd better figure out how to be an effective small player again..

this large but inept system of military against evasive targets is what made britain lose its wars.
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Postby screamzero » Wed Apr 22, 2009 7:27 pm

Dang, methinks yon Comrade Evutchoroni gots it correctomundo...as well I will side w/ Jaack and throw in a couple of gay blades...pirate that. I bet dem bitches put up a fuss too...
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Postby Tairaa » Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:42 am

Evutch beat me to the "Yeah the last little stint in Somalia went well didn't it?" comment, but oh well.

What should we do? Just let them keep hijacking ships all over the world like we do with other terrorists, or make their country responsible?


LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

What an interesting choice! Either give up, or purge Somalia of life! HAHAHA LOL

Or perhaps, you could fight the pirates. I think that would be the best bet.
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Postby Jaack » Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:03 am

The last stint would have gone fine had Hehr Clintoris allowed the troops to have the equipment they requested.

It's not my problem somalia has no govt. That's the problem with most black run countries anyways, no or oppressive government.
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Postby Tairaa » Thu Apr 23, 2009 11:13 am

Why would it be your problem that they have no government?

Something you fail to realize is that not everyone in Somalia is a pirate. :)
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Postby screamzero » Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:32 pm

That's got a lot to do with the price of bat sh*t on the seas. Great.
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Postby Tairaa » Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:38 pm

It ought to have something to do with peoples decision making process.
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