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Thunderstorm

Not a Kardashian

Postby Thunderstorm » Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:12 pm

PARIS, France (AP) -- Pirates seized control of a French cruise ship Friday off the coast of Somalia, France's Foreign Ministry said.

A ministry official said details about the attack were scarce, and it was not clear how many crew members were on board the ship or if there were any passengers.

The ship is in the high seas in the Gulf of Aden, off the coast of Somalia in the Indian Ocean.

The official declined to identify the vessel or its owner.

The ministry has set up a crisis center to deal with the situation, said the official, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

Pirates seized more than two dozen ships off the Somali coast last year.

The U.S. Navy has led international patrols to try to combat piracy in the region. Last year, the guided missile destroyer USS Porter opened fire to destroy pirate skiffs tied to a Japanese tanker.

Wracked by more than a decade of violence and anarchy, Somalia does not have its own navy and a transitional government formed in 2004 with U.N. help has struggled to assert control.

The International Maritime Bureau, which tracks piracy, said in its annual report earlier this year that global pirate attacks rose by 10 percent in 2007, marking the first increase in three years.


http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/africa/04/04/cruiseship.pirates.ap/index.html
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Keb

<( ' . ' )>

Postby Keb » Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:39 pm

Yeah those guys have been around for a while.

Am I the only person who gets a kick out of the possible movie title "Pirates of Somalia"
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misac

Outhouse Editor

Postby misac » Fri Apr 04, 2008 3:00 pm

Keb wrote:Yeah those guys have been around for a while.

Am I the only person who gets a kick out of the possible movie title "Pirates of Somalia"


:-D
It'll be a lame action flick.
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Shady

cheese

Postby Shady » Fri Apr 04, 2008 3:25 pm

Keb wrote:Yeah those guys have been around for a while.

Am I the only person who gets a kick out of the possible movie title "Pirates of Somalia"


the word "cannibals" come to mind for some reason. i don't know why. :?
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Starlord

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Postby Starlord » Fri Apr 04, 2008 9:05 pm

Pirates! I loves me some Pirates! :-D
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GLX

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Postby GLX » Fri Apr 04, 2008 10:09 pm

starlord wrote:Pirates! I loves me some Pirates! :-D


I'm guessing that swordsman are your favorite kind.:P
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Thunderstorm

Not a Kardashian

Postby Thunderstorm » Fri Apr 04, 2008 10:14 pm

GLX wrote:I'm guessing that swordsman are your favorite kind.:p


He's just after their booty.
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Starlord

Outhouse Editor

Postby Starlord » Sat Apr 05, 2008 12:07 am

hey, my dickie is up for either. :-D
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Severed Djed

Bastard #1

Postby Severed Djed » Sat Apr 05, 2008 12:11 pm

Shady wrote:the word "cannibals" come to mind for some reason. i don't know why. :?


Were you hungry?
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Starlord

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Postby Starlord » Sat Apr 05, 2008 8:25 pm

Severed Djed wrote:Were you hungry?


for a second I wasn't sure if you were asking him or me. :wink:
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fieldy snuts

Rain Partier

Postby fieldy snuts » Sat Apr 05, 2008 8:28 pm

why dont they just take the italian approach to piracy and torpedo them out of the water? will anyone really complain about pirates?
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Starlord

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Postby Starlord » Sat Apr 05, 2008 8:29 pm

Vic Mackey wrote:why dont they just take the italian approach to piracy and torpedo them out of the water? will anyone really complain about pirates?


I thught the Italian way was putting a horse head in their bed?
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fieldy snuts

Rain Partier

Postby fieldy snuts » Sat Apr 05, 2008 8:33 pm

starlord wrote:I thught the Italian way was putting a horse head in their bed?
thy also torpedoed a ship full of pirates a while ago and people whined about it but the fuss died down.
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Starlord

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Postby Starlord » Sat Apr 05, 2008 8:42 pm

Vic Mackey wrote:thy also torpedoed a ship full of pirates a while ago and people whined about it but the fuss died down.


:shock: bet those pirates did, too. I hadn't heard about that, actually.

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