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10-04-08, 12:14 PM #1
Pirates? Are you kidding me?
What the hell is going on over there?
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- There have been four failed pirate attacks in the last 24 hours off the lawless Somali coast despite the presence of six American warships guarding a hijacked ship full of weapons, a U.S. Navy spokeswoman said Saturday.
Navy Cmdr. Jane Campbell, from the 5th Fleet in Bahrain, says three attacks were averted because crew members escaped at high speed.
Another attack was foiled because the pirates were badly prepared: The ladder they had brought to climb on to the ship was too short.
The Navy says three of the attacks were in the heavily patrolled corridor within the Gulf of Aden. The location of another was not precisely known but was somewhere off the Somali coast.
Last week's attack on a Ukrainian ship laden with 33 Soviet-designed tanks and weapons has focused international attention on piracy in Somalia. American officials have expressed fears the weapons onboard the MV Faina could fall into the hands of Somalia's al Qaeda-linked Islamic insurgency. Watch Russian warships move to confront pirates »
Eight European countries have offered to help form an anti-piracy force. On Friday, Russia called for greater efforts to protect the Gulf of Aden waters, one of the world's most important shipping lanes. There have been nearly 70 pirate attacks this year and some 26 ships successfully hijacked.
10-04-08, 12:16 PM #2
I blame the Pirate-glorification promoted by "Talk Like a Pirate Day".
10-04-08, 04:00 PM #3
Yeah..but they aint that smart. I've read they have only demanded US$20 million for the russian T55 tanks and all other stuff (including the cargo freighter)
Kinda like Dr Evil asking for "1 million dollars" (in your best Dr Evil voice)......
Idiots..just scuttle them"Contrary to popular belief, you will not rise to the occasion, but will fall to the level of your training"
10-04-08, 04:21 PM #4Pleasing nobody, one person at a time.
That which does not kill me, better start fucking running.
If I lived every day like it was my last, the body count would be staggering.
I intend to go in harm's way. -John Paul Jones
Hunt the wolf, and bring light to the dark places that others fear to go. LT COL Dave Grossman
10-04-08, 05:38 PM #5
I wonder if pirate activity goes up on "Talk Like a Pirate" Day. Maybe the day provides a cover story for pirates--if they get caught, they can just claim they were just celebrating "Talk Like a Pirate" Day!
Also I wonder if sometimes when a ship gets boarded by pirates on "Talk Like a Pirate" Day, people on the ship think it's just a practical joke.
10-04-08, 11:56 PM #6
They were quoted as saying that they were prepared to "fight to the death" to keep the tanks.
I say, What the Hell.....let em fight to the death.
Car 4I would like my country back. I used to believe that one man could never destroy this country. Not so sure anymore!
10-05-08, 01:11 AM #7
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