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Somali pirates vow to kill American sailors

Posted by on Apr. 15, 2009 at 2:07 PM
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Oh no, not more trouble !  Ya know we rescued our hostage that THEY kidnapped !!!     Oh but their "job"  is collecting ransom $$$ from ships.

 Somali pirates vow to kill American sailors   By ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY, Associated Press Writer Elizabeth A. Kennedy

– American ship damaged in latest pirate attack

 
MOMBASA, Kenya - Somali pirates vowed to hunt down American ships and kill their sailors Wednesday and French forces detained 11 other hijackers in a high-seas raid, raising tensions a day after an abortive attack on a U.S. freighter loaded with food aid.

Pirates fired grenades and automatic weapons at the Liberty Sun, but its American crew successfully blockaded themselves inside the engine room. The ship was damaged in Tuesday's attack but escaped and was heading to Kenya under U.S. Navy guard.

A pirate whose gang attacked the aid ship admitted Wednesday that his group was targeting American ships and sailors.

"We will seek out the Americans and if we capture them we will slaughter them," said a 25-year-old pirate based in the Somali port of Harardhere who gave only his first name, Ismail.

"We will target their ships because we know their flags. Last night, an American-flagged ship escaped us by a whisker. We have showered them with rocket-propelled grenades," boasted Ismail, who did not take part in the attack on the Liberty Sun.

The move comes after U.S. Navy sharpshooters killed three pirates Sunday to win the release of a hijacked American sea captain, Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama.

The French forces, meanwhile, launched an early morning attack on a pirate ship after spotting it Tuesday with a surveillance helicopter and observing the pirates overnight. The raid thwarted the bandits' planned attack on the Liberian cargo ship Safmarine Asia, the French Defense Ministry said.

The statement called the pirate vessel a "mother ship" - usually a seized foreign ship that pirates use to transport speedboats far out to sea and resupply them. The ship was intercepted 550 miles (900 kilometers) east of the Kenyan city of Mombasa.

The 11 detained pirates were being held on the Nivose, a French frigate among the international fleet trying to protect shipping in the Gulf of Aden. France already is holding several pirates for prosecution.

Tuesday's attack on the Liberty Sun foiled the reunion between Phillips and the 19-man crew he saved with his heroism. Phillips had planned to meet his crew in Mombasa and fly home with them Wednesday, but was stuck on the USS Bainbridge when it was diverted to help the Liberty Sun.

The crew left without him, flying to Andrews Air Force base in Maryland in a chartered plane

 

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090415/ap_on_re_af/piracy_316

by on Apr. 15, 2009 at 2:07 PM
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luckcharm
by Bronze Member on Apr. 15, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Does this really come as a suprise to anyone? 

                   

Katie911
by on Apr. 15, 2009 at 2:28 PM

I think we should track down their hide outs and blow them up.  That is they way the US handles terrorists right?  And they are threatening our sailors and our ships.  So screw em.  Blow em up.

gogetem
by Bronze Member on Apr. 15, 2009 at 2:31 PM

I agree.  I'm glad my husband isn't out to sea right now.

Quoting Katie911:

I think we should track down their hide outs and blow them up.  That is they way the US handles terrorists right?  And they are threatening our sailors and our ships.  So screw em.  Blow em up.


dr_m
by on Apr. 15, 2009 at 3:27 PM


Quoting Katie911:

I think we should track down their hide outs and blow them up.  That is they way the US handles terrorists right?  And they are threatening our sailors and our ships.  So screw em.  Blow em up.


I agree, although prob easier said than done, finding them, i am so mad....

Junebug926
by Bronze Member on Apr. 15, 2009 at 5:20 PM

I had said this before, but I really don't understand how this is happening? Can someone please explain to me how these pirates are boarding these ENORMOUS ships? Can no one on these ships defend themselves?!!

gogetem
by Bronze Member on Apr. 15, 2009 at 5:22 PM

I want to know what the deal is, too.  I also wonder if this is only a burst of media coverage because it's the hot thing to talk about.  Maybe this is a fairly regular thing?

Quoting Junebug926:

I had said this before, but I really don't understand how this is happening? Can someone please explain to me how these pirates are boarding these ENORMOUS ships? Can no one on these ships defend themselves?!!


Junebug926
by Bronze Member on Apr. 15, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Seriously, one flame thrower is all it would take. Problem solved and I doubt there would be any to follow.

Quoting gogetem:

I want to know what the deal is, too.  I also wonder if this is only a burst of media coverage because it's the hot thing to talk about.  Maybe this is a fairly regular thing?

Quoting Junebug926:

I had said this before, but I really don't understand how this is happening? Can someone please explain to me how these pirates are boarding these ENORMOUS ships? Can no one on these ships defend themselves?!!



sassyandy124
by Bronze Member on Apr. 15, 2009 at 9:40 PM


Quoting Junebug926:

I had said this before, but I really don't understand how this is happening? Can someone please explain to me how these pirates are boarding these ENORMOUS ships? Can no one on these ships defend themselves?!!

    That's part  of the problem. The ships are huge, and there are only 25-30 people crews. That is a huge anount of ground to cover for one or two people on foot patrol. That's IF there is any kind of patrol, because most commercial ships don't run a 'regular' patrol or watch. ( they probably do now)  They do not usually have guns on board, unless the captain has a side arm. I do not know for sure, how exactly they do it, but I can tell you that they must be repelling up the sides. These ships can be anywhere from 10-60ft above water depending on what part. The pirates are in little boats, There is no other way for them to board unless they repell, or are dropped by huey. (which they aren't)
The pirates are armed with automatic weapons, what do you expect a sailor that is not trained in combat to do? Most of these people are civilians. Just like the people standing in a bank when it's robbed, they just happen to be on the water.

   


 

sweetie00
by on Apr. 15, 2009 at 9:48 PM

How many of you still claim that Rush Limbaugh speaks the truth....

Obama and the Pirate Twins

Poor fat, anal cyst-ridden, drug-addled, pedophilic Rush Limbaugh can't get the "Obama's weak on defense" meme to stick, so now he's rooting for the pirates:

They were kids. The story is out, I don't know if it's true or not, but apparently the hijackers, these kids, the merchant marine organizers, Muslim kids, were upset, they wanted to just give the captain back and head home because they were running out of food, they were running out of fuel, they were surrounded by all these US Navy ships, big ships, and they just wanted out of there. That's the story, but then when one of them put a gun to the back of the captain, Mr. Phillips, then bam, bam, bam. There you have it, and three teenagers shot on the high seas at the order of President Obama.

YOU DON'T KNOW IF IT'S TRUE OR NOT?! Color me not surprised. God knows, that's never stopped you from spreading your mindless hate and embarrassing ignorance before, you oleaginous tool.

sassyandy124
by Bronze Member on Apr. 15, 2009 at 10:25 PM


Quoting sweetie00:

How many of you still claim that Rush Limbaugh speaks the truth....

Obama and the Pirate Twins

Poor fat, anal cyst-ridden, drug-addled, pedophilic Rush Limbaugh can't get the "Obama's weak on defense" meme to stick, so now he's rooting for the pirates:

They were kids. The story is out, I don't know if it's true or not, but apparently the hijackers, these kids, the merchant marine organizers, Muslim kids, were upset, they wanted to just give the captain back and head home because they were running out of food, they were running out of fuel, they were surrounded by all these US Navy ships, big ships, and they just wanted out of there. That's the story, but then when one of them put a gun to the back of the captain, Mr. Phillips, then bam, bam, bam. There you have it, and three teenagers shot on the high seas at the order of President Obama.

YOU DON'T KNOW IF IT'S TRUE OR NOT?! Color me not surprised. God knows, that's never stopped you from spreading your mindless hate and embarrassing ignorance before, you oleaginous tool.

    Ummmmm ok let's think about this. He say's he doesn't know if it's true. You acknowledge that he says he doesn't know if it's true yet he's lying??? Yeaaaaaaahhhhh and WE are the crazy people searching for anything to bash liberals with. Okkkkkkkkkkky Dokey. Where exactly does it say that he's rooting' for he pirates??? Especially given that he's passing on a story he heard??? I pass on stories I hear about murders, pedophiles, etc... on this very board, so I guess I must be "rooting" for them. Interesting logic.  BTW, off topic but you seem to have some serious anger issues you may want to seek help for.

      Hitler gave great speeches TOO!!!!!!

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