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AaronW

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Postby AaronW » Tue Apr 14, 2009 11:55 am

Somali pirates hijack 4 ships, take 60 hostages

By ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY
Associated Press Writer
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MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) -- 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 Unites 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.


Fucking scum. They should have just shot that pirate right there and dumped his corpse over the side.
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MoneyMelon

Chief Yankee Wanker

Postby MoneyMelon » Tue Apr 14, 2009 11:58 am

Time to start nuking shit.
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Wiki-Snake

cheese

Postby Wiki-Snake » Tue Apr 14, 2009 11:58 am

Time to turn more heads into a fine red mist.
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AaronW

Rain Partier

Postby AaronW » Tue Apr 14, 2009 11:59 am

The Melon wrote:Time to start nuking shit.


I'd stick to MOAB's. We track their movements with satellites, find their bases, and then just kill everything in a couple mile radius.
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MoneyMelon

Chief Yankee Wanker

Postby MoneyMelon » Tue Apr 14, 2009 11:59 am

Aaron_W wrote:I'd stick to MOAB's. We track their movements with satellites, find their bases, and then just kill everything in a couple mile radius.

And we should salt the earth behind us!
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Dugan

Swedish Pinata of Death

Postby Dugan » Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:00 pm

We should do business with them.

/Nolan'd
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AaronW

Rain Partier

Postby AaronW » Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:01 pm

The Melon wrote:And we should salt the earth behind us!


I like the way you think.

eyp

Fagorstorm

Postby eyp » Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:07 pm

A simple space based particle cannon sniper would solve the issue once and for all.
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DMM

Rain Partier

Postby DMM » Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:16 pm

Dum Dum Dugan wrote:We should do business with them.

/Nolan'd

hahaha! In 5-10 years, we could have a great business partnership going with the pirates!
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CountD

Undead Member

Postby CountD » Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:32 pm

Wipe them out.
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UnknownEric

dINGO

Postby UnknownEric » Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:45 pm

With a thread title like this, I was expecting tits.

Zab

Postby Zab » Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:49 pm

I'm not so sure why they want to escalate this; the only result is an asswhupping. The international community is pretty united on this.
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DMM

Rain Partier

Postby DMM » Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:54 pm

Zabardast wrote:I'm not so sure why they want to escalate this; the only result is an asswhupping. The international community is pretty united on this.

I wonder if they're all 17-19 years old. If that's the case, then it's because they're young and don't have anything to lose.

Zab

Postby Zab » Tue Apr 14, 2009 5:35 pm

DMM wrote:I wonder if they're all 17-19 years old. If that's the case, then it's because they're young and don't have anything to lose.

They've become heroes in their homeland, as well.

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