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The new tactics by the European Union naval force comes after Spain— which currently holds the EU's rotating presidency, and whose fishing vessels are frequent pirate targets — encouraged more aggressive pursuit of pirates and the coalition obtained more aircraft and other military assets, said Rear Adm. Peter Hudson, the force commander.
The EU Naval Force attacked 12 groups of pirate vessels, which normally includes several skiffs and a mother vessel, this month, more than last year. Half of those attacks were on the high seas and half close to shore, reflecting the new strategy to intercept pirates before they reach deep water and international shipping lanes.
New land tactics being employed by Somali pirates may be a cause for concern, a UN spokesman told the BBC. Peter Smerdon said three trucks and their drivers were being held in the pirate town of Eyl after delivering food aid last week in central Somalia. He said they were hijacked on Thursday when travelling without an escort in the first incident of its kind
Originally posted by stumason
reply to post by shagreen heart
That's all well and good for those that started this whole thing, but say you now to the "pirates" who are now living the high life with fast cars and other trappings of wealth while their country is still very much in the crapper? I see no evidence that any of the millions spent on ransoms has been funneled into improving the lot of the average Somali.
Originally posted by shagreen heart
it doesn't change the fact that countries are using their waters as a dumpster for toxic and nuclear waste.