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“We never kill people. We are Muslims. We are marines, coastguards — not pirates.” For reasons we can only guess at, the main stream media is unwilling to report the fact that the ongoing pirate attacks are being perpetrated by Muslims and that large parts of their ransom are passed on to Islamic extremist groups either through protection pay or through the purchase of weapons. Either way the end result is that the ransoms being paid are financing the Islamic extremists war on the west.
Pentagon looks to move battle against pirates ashore-CNN
Ships held by Somali pirates
(Reuters) – Somali pirates hijacked two more cargo vessels and opened fire on a third on Tuesday in attacks that showed their determination to continue striking shipping in the area’s strategic waterways.
Pirates attacked at least 15 vessels off the coast of Somalia last month after only two in January and February.
Below are facts about the ships believed to be under pirate control and about the increase in piracy:
STOLT STRENGTH: Seized November 10. The chemical tanker had 23 Filipino crew aboard. It was carrying nearly 24,000 tons of oil products.
CHEMSTAR VENUS: Seized November 15. The tanker was traveling from Dumai, Indonesia, to Ukraine. It had 18 Filipino and five South Korean crew.
NAMES UNKNOWN: Seized on December 10. Pirates hijacked two Yemeni fishing vessels with a total of 22 crew in coastal waters in the Gulf of Aden. Five crew reportedly escaped.
NAMES UNKNOWN: Seized on December 16. A yacht with two on board, an Indonesian tugboat used by French oil company Total.
LONGCHAMP: Seized on January 29, 2009. The liquefied petroleum gas tanker, built in 1990, had 13 crew on board, 12 Filipinos and one Indonesian. The tanker has a capacity of 3,415 tons. Continue Reading →