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Somali pirates hijack first commercial ship in five years

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"drastically reduced in the past year so that ships can be re-assigned to cope with the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean and threats from Russia in the Baltic."

The Russians were never quite as evil as they have been as of late. Constantly hearing about "demonically possessed" Russians seeking to bully the world with their GDP ~the size of NYC.
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The story doesn't give the impression she was a very defendable vessel. A chemical tanker with a crew of 8 Sri Lankans trading between Djibouti and Mogadishu, I am guessing isn't much of a ship.

Edit: she looks like an old slow moving fuel lighter type boat, maybe plugging away at 6 or 7 knots with a low freeboard type of deal.

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Traps work well for roaches and other vermin.
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Firefighting hoses with high pressure water are proven effective in repelling boarders.

The article was pretty well written and delves into a number of possibilities. Could be the Somali government trying to extort more funding. Many problems are government related...unless you ask those who receive government checks of course.

I am reading a book about the fabled schooner, the Fantome. The captain trusted the government before losing his schooner in hurricane Mitch in '98. Kind of sore about that having done a few weeks with Windjammer Barefoot Cruises. The Fantome was their flagship.

Why we still tolerate pirating is beyond me. They would be so easy to stop.
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Somali pirates are helping CIA assets (read: mercenaries) collect intelligence on Islamic terrorists in Somalia so they are given a bone now and then as well as certain degree of impunity.

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Somali pirates are helping CIA assets (read: mercenaries) collect intelligence on Islamic terrorists in Somalia so they are given a bone now and then as well as certain degree of impunity.
Credible footnotes please?
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Seems to me like pirates and terrorists share a lot of commonality.
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Somebody run out of tin foil?

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