Fighting Pirates in the 21st Century
Posted on Oct 2, 2008
Piracy has gotten so bad off the coast of Somalia that the European Union is prepared to form an anti-piracy force to police the region. The unresolved seizure of a freighter loaded with Russian tanks is the most recent in a spate of incidents involving more than 60 vessels and $30 million in ransom so far this year.
The European Union has agreed to establish an anti-piracy security operation off the coast of Somalia.
French Defence Minister Herve Morin said at least eight countries have agreed to take part.
The deal follows the seizure of a ship laden with 33 tanks—a $20m (£11m) ransom is wanted for its release.
U.S. Navy / Cmdr. Michael Junge
Pirates have been attacking ships off Somalia for years. Here a merchant vessel sails free after a ransom was paid.