Tag: Somali pirates (page 2)
The AP has a long and interesting article on the background of the Somali pirates. Not surprisingly, they come from the ranks of the young, poor and unemployed, looking for a way out of despair.
Hostages say they are generally well treated, with the pirates viewing them as common men caught in a wider game: the pursuit of million-dollar ransoms from owners. Some have described the pirates slaughtering and roasting goats on board to feed them, and passing around satellite phones to let them call loved ones back home.
As for a solution, this makes sense:
All analysts agree that the best way to quash piracy off Somalia is to achieve stability onshore, where civil conflict has raged for the last 18 years.
Update below from a Kenyan newspaper:
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Things are not looking up in the Gulf of Aden. The Somali pirates have hijacked a U.S. owned tugboat with 16 crew members on board. The boat flies under an Italian flag.
The pirates are threatening "a disaster" if a rescue attempt is made for Captain Phillips.
"I'm afraid this matter is likely to create disaster because it is taking too long and we are getting information that the Americans are planning rescue tricks like the French commandos did," Abdi Garad said.
The warship USS Bainbridge is on scene and other American warships are en route. The pirates intend to move Capt Richard Phillips from the lifeboat to a bigger boat. Experts predict the pirates will cave in. [More...]
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The USS Boxer is en route to scene of the pirate hostage standoff. Who knew we even had such a vessel?
The Boxer is the flag ship for a multination anti-piracy task force. The Boxer resembles a small aircraft carrier. It has a crew of more than 1,000, a mobile hospital, missile launchers and about two dozen helicopters and attack planes.
I wonder how long it will take to get there?
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Captain Richard Phillips tried to escape from the Somali pirates by jumping off the lifeboat, but was recaptured.
I think the pirates will release the Captain. I hope I'm right.
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The FBI has sent hostage negotiators to try and obtain the release of the U.S. Maersk Alabama captain Richard Phillips being held hostage by Somali pirates. The pirates have sent reinforcements to their comrades.
Captain Phillips selflessly volunteered himself to protect the other crew members. Let's hope for his safe return. [More...]
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